Mary Catherine Thurtell was born in 1849 in Jamestown, Grant County, Wisconsin, one of the children of Edward Brookes Thurtell and Amy Burns Thurtell. She married George Withrow in Grant County, Wisconsin, on February 21, 1870; and they had five daughters, only one of whom ever married. The family lived on a farm in Cornelia, Grant County, Wisconsin, until 1896, when George Withrow went to the Alaska Klondike to mine for gold; and Mary and her daughters moved to Chicago, Illinois. He did not return until June 1913. He and his wife then lived in Kansas City, Missouri.
The family was living in Harrison Town, Grant County, Wisconsin, at the time of the 1880 U.S. census. This record lists the oldest daughter as Patty, age 9, born in Iowa. The correct name for this daughter was Amy Withrow, and she was born about 1871 possibly in Iowa or possibly in Kansas City, Missouri. Amy was a teacher in Grant County, Wisconsin, and then in Chicago, Illinois, where she died on September 25, 1918.
The second daughter was Grace Withrow, who was born in Iowa in about 1873 and is shown as age 7 in the 1880 census. Grace was a secretary to the postmaster in Chicago, Illinois, for a while, and died in 1903 in Phoenix, Arizona.
The third daughter, Bertha Withrow, shown as age 5 in the 1880 census, was born in Wisconsin about 1875. She became a portrait artist and died in San Antonio, Texas, in 1907.
Annie A. Withrow, who was three at the time of the 1880 census, was born in Wisconsin on about November 8, 1877, and died January 20, 1888. She is buried at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Cornelia, Grant County Wisconsin. Her father, George Withrow, and her paternal grandparents, William and Martha Withrow, are also buried in this cemetery.
The youngest daughter, Mary Belle Withrow, was born about 1884, and married Richard Vance Spencer, a medical doctor. She became an attorney and was in the office of the Public Guardian of Cook County, Illinois. Richard and Mary Belle Spencer had two daughters, Mary Belle, born December 14, 1919, and Victoria, born November 27, 1921.
The pictures below are from the collection of Cynthia Kerman.
|These are four of the daughters of George and Mary Catherine Thurtell Withrow. From left to right they are Mary Belle, Grace, Bertha, and Amy. This picture was taken in Platteville, Grant County, Wisconsin, probably about 1890.|
|The picture below shows Mary Thurtell Withrow, Amy Burns Thurtell (her mother), and George Withrow at the house at 6011 Lee Street, Kansas City, Missouri. It was taken about 1914.|
Links to other sites on the Web
Susan T. Miller's Genealogy Home Page
Family Group Sheet of George Withrow and Mary Catherine Thurtell Withrow
Read More about George Withrow
Read More about Mary Catherine Thurtell Withrow
Read More about Amy Withrow
Read More about Grace Withrow
Read More about Bertha Withrow
Read More about Annie A. Withrow
Read More about Mary Belle Withrow
Family Group Sheet Page for Mary Belle Withrow Spencer and Richard Vance Spencer