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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