George Washburn

1844–1861 (Age 17)
Henry, Illinois, United States

The Life of George

When George Washburn was born in 1844, in Henry, Illinois, United States, his father, Abisha Washburn, was 40 and his mother, Isabella Clapp, was 38. He lived in Colona, Henry, Illinois, United States in 1860. He died in 1861, at the age of 17, and was buried in Orion, Henry, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

Abisha Washburn
Isabella Clapp
Chauncy E. Washburn
Betsy Washburn
Henry Washburn
Isabella Washburn
George Washburn

Parents and Siblings

    Abisha Washburn





    Chauncy E. Washburn


    Betsy Washburn



    Isabella Washburn



World Events (5)


Age 2

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1848 · Chicago Board of Trade is organized

Age 4

Starting as a voluntary association to help buyers and sellers meet to negotiate and make contracts. The Chicago Board of Trade is one of the oldest futures and options exchanges in the world and it is open 22 hours per day to stay competitive.
1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 12

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Name Meaning

Northern English: topographic name for someone living on the banks of the Washburn river in West Yorkshire, so named from the Old English personal name Walc + Old English burna ‘stream’. The river name is first recorded as Walke(s)burna in the early 12th century.

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

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Sources (2)

  • George Washburne in household of A Washburne, "United States Census, 1860"
  • George F Washburn, "Find A Grave Index"

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