George Avery Whitcomb

23 October 1837–22 May 1922 (Age 84)
Granville, Granville, Washington, New York, United States

The Life 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

Spouse and Children

24 June 1861
Mount Carroll, Carroll, Illinois, United States


Parents and Siblings



    Charles Judson Whitcomb


    Deborah Whitcomb


    Sarah Brown Whitcomb


    Janette Ladona Whitcomb


    Harriet S. Whitcomb


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World Events (8)

1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 2

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.

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 wīðig ‘willow’ + cumb.

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

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Sources (3)

  • George A Whitcomb, "United States Census, 1870"
  • George A Whitcomb in household of B C Whitcomb, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Geo Whitcomb in household of Benj B Whitcomb, "New York State Census, 1855"

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