Thurtell and Related Families
Notes for Mary Belle WITHROW
According to the 1926 "History of William Withrow" by Nellie Stanton,
Mary Belle Stanton was the youngest child of George and Mary Thurtell
Withrow. After George Withrow joined the gold rush to the Klondike in
1896, his wife and daughters left Grant County, Wisconsin, and moved to
Chicago. Mary Belle Withrow was 12 at that time. Her sister, Amy
Withrow, taught in the Chicago public schools. Her sister Grace became
secretary to the postmaster, and Bertha and Mary Belle, the two youngest
children, 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.
This history shows that 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."
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