Thurtell and Related Families
Thurtell and Related Families

Notes for George WITHROW

Much of the information about George Withrow and the children of George and Mary Thurtell Withrow was copied from World Family Tree, Volume 2, Tree 2760, which was submitted by Francis E. Withrow, Jr. (Mike), 1501 Murray Avenue, Wichita, Kansas 67212-1037, plus additional information received from Mike Withrow in 1998, including additional information from his data base, the obituary of George Withrow, and the 1926 "History of William Withrow" by Nellie Stanton.

The 1880 U.S. Census Soundex for Grant County, Wisconsin, in Volume 10, ED 107, Sheet 9, Line 2, for Harrison Town, shows George Withrow as a laborer age 32 born in Wisconsin. He is shown living with his wife, Mary Withrow, age 30 born in Wisconsin; and their children Patty, age 9, born in Iowa; Grace, age 7, born in Iowa; Bertha, age 5, born in Wisconsin, and Anna, age 3, born in Wisconsin.

The 1901 Grant County, Wisconsin, Biographical Sketch Book, in the entry for Daniel Stanton, shows that George Withrow, son of William and Martha Withrow, was "now a miner of the Klondike, while his wife and four children live in Chicago."

An index to Klondike "Placermining Applications, Volumes 2 and 3" on the internet at show both volumes list G. Withrow with applications recorded in 1902-1903 (microfilm number 50348 14) and recorded 1906-1907 (microfilm number 93632 18). He is not listed in the index for the 1901 Census or in Polks Gazeteer 1903 Directory in the same web site.

The July 24, 1926, "History of William Withrow" by Nellie Stanton with "Facts Furnished by Her Mother, Edith Withrow Stanton" shows George Withrow "was born Feb. 18, 1848. He married Mary Thurtell; five daughters were born to them; one daughter Annie died in childhood, aged ten years and is buried at Mt. Zion church near the old farm home, Grant county. Wis. They lived on a farm at Cornelia for sixteen years. The three oldest daughters, Amy, Grace and Bertha during this time had been educated at the State Normal school at Platteville, Wisconsin, and had followed the profession of school teachers in Grant county, Wisconsin. In the year 1896, George joined the gold rush to the Klondike region in Alaska, where he remained for seventeen years, engaged in mining and returned home in failing health. At the time he left Grant county, his wife and daughters, of whom the youngest was Mary Belle, aged twelve years, removed to Chicago, where the eldest taught in the Chicago public schools. The second, Grace, became secretary to the postmaster, and the two youngest engaged in art work. Bertha attained remarkable success as a portrait artist. Grace died in Phoenix, Arizona, 1903, and Bertha in San Antonio, Texas, 1907.

In June. 1913, George returned from Alaska, and with his wife and two remaining daughters, visited the old home and family and reported his many strange. adventures. On May 31, 1916, he died age sixty-eight years, at the home of his daughter, Mary Belle Spencer, wife of Richard Vance Spencer, M. D., Chicago Heights, Illinois, and is buried at Mt. Zion church, Grant County, Wisconsin. His wife Mary died Nov. 7, 1917, at Kansas City, Missouri, and his daughter Amy died Sept. 25. 1918, at Chicago. Illinois, and is buried In Kansas City, beside her mother. His only living descendants are Mary Belle Spencer, (a lawyer of Chicago, holding the degree of Bachelor of Laws, of the Northwestern University, Class 1918, and office of Public Guardian of Cook County, Illinois, 1918-1922) and her daughters Mary Belle Jr.. born Dec. 14, 1919, and Victoria born Nov. 27, 1921."

The death certificate for George Withrow shows he died May 31, 1916, at 1445 Fifth Avenue, Chicago Heights, Bloom Township, Cook County, Illinois. It shows he was born February 18, 1847, in Wisconsin and was 69 years, 3 months, 13 days old at the time of his death. His occupation was shown as a farmer. It shows he was married, but no information about his wife or parents was provided. The informant was Dr. R. V. Spencer, Chicago Heights, Illinois. It shows he had resided at this address one month and previously resided in Kansas City, Missouri. The place of burial or removal is shown as Plattville, Wisconsin. The causes of death are hard to read but appear to be chronic myocarditis, arterio sclerosis, and one other illegible condition.

The obituary appeared in a June 7, 1916, unknown newspaper from Grant County, Wisconsin. It shows "George Withrow was a son of Martha and William Withrow, pioneer settlers of Paris Township. Deceased was born in the town of Paris in this county, Feb. 18, 1848. He was one of a family of ten children. Two brothers and two sisters survive him: Henry Long of Platteville, Wis., Wesley Withrow of Hayward, Wis. Mrs. S. A. Vannatta of Platteville and Mrs. Dan Stanton of Cornelia. The deceased married Mary Catherine Thurtell, Feb. 21, 1870, in Jamestown, Grant Co. Five children were born to them: Amy, a prominent teacher in the public schols of Kansas City Missouri and Mary Belle, wife of Dr. R. V. Spencer, of Chicago Heights, Ill. Annie, Grace and Bertha preceded their father in death. The widow, who resides at Kansas City owing to ill health was unable to attend the funeral which was held at Cornelia church. He passed away at the home of his daughter in Chicago Heights. Mr. Withrow had journeyed far from the place of his birth throughout the west and in the remote Alaskan and Canadian northwest. He was of the pioneer type, dauntless of courageous spirit and had the temperament of the early explorers who have led the way for the progress of civilization into the untrodden places. He was a man of great energy and perseverance, a devoted father and husband, and a large circle of friends will long cherish his memory."

Records of Mt. Zion Cemetery, Cornelia, Grant County, Wisconsin, show George Withrow, 1843 - 1916, is buried there, along with his daughter, Annie A. Withrow, who had died January 20, 1888, at age 10 years, 2 months, 12 days. His parents are also buried in this cemetery.

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