George Avery Whitcomb

Male23 October 1837–22 May 1922

Brief Life History of George Avery

When George Avery Whitcomb was born on 23 October 1837, in Granville, Granville, Washington, New York, United States, his father, Benjamin Brown Whitcomb, was 40 and his mother, Sabina Duel, was 37. He married Sarah A. Towne on 24 June 1861, in Mount Carroll, Carroll, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Mount Pleasant Township, Whiteside, Illinois, United States for about 30 years. He died on 22 May 1922, in Morrison, Whiteside, Illinois, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in Morrison, Whiteside, Illinois, United States.

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George Avery Whitcomb
Sarah A. Towne
Marriage: 24 June 1861
Jenette Whitcomb
Anna Whitcomb
George Granville Whitcomb

Sources (12)

  • George A Whitcomb, "United States Census, 1870"
  • George Avery Whitcomb, "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947"
  • George Avery Whitcomb, "Find A Grave Index"

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  • Marriage
    24 June 1861Mount Carroll, Carroll, Illinois, United States
  • Children (3)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 3

    Historical Boundaries: 1840: Whiteside, Illinois, United States


    Age 9

    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    1861 · Simple life to Soldiers

    Age 24

    Illinois contributed 250,000 soldiers to the Union Army, ranking it fourth in terms of the total men fighting for a single state. Troops mainly fought in the Western side of the Appalachian Mountains, but a few regiments played important roles in the East side. Several thousand Illinoisians died during the war. No major battles were fought in the state, although several towns became sites for important supply depots and navy yards. Not everyone in the state supported the war and there were calls for secession in Southern Illinois several residents. However, the movement for secession soon died after the proposal was blocked.

    Name Meaning

    English: habitational name from any of various places called Whitcombe or Witcombe. Whitcombe in Dorset and Witcombe in Gloucestershire are named with Old English wīd ‘wide’ + cumb ‘valley’; Whitcombe, Isle of Wight, may have the same etymology or alternatively the first element may be Old English hwīt ‘white’. Witcombe in Somerset is named with Old English wīthig ‘willow’ + cumb, and the placename Whitcombe in Devon is from Old English hwǣte ‘wheat’ + cumb. The surname may also derive from a lost place in Sussex.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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