Oct. 25, 1922
George NEWELL, son of Asa and Elinor Newell, was born
in Jefferson county, Illinois on April 15, 1841 died at his home
two miles north of Waltonville,October 25, 1922, aged 81 years,
6 months and 10 days.
He was one of a family of seven children: Levi, Lucy, Oscar,
Ichabod, Phillip and Douglas. All but Phillip having preceeded
him in death, Douglas having died in May, 1922 and Oscar died
on October 18, 1922, just one week ago. On Dec. 21, 1864, he was
united in marriage with Miss Sarah Gilbert,daughter of Stephen and
Sarah Gilbert. To this union nine children were born, Asa, Laura
(widow of C. S. Lemon); Mina, (wife of D. S. Fairchild); Norman,
Minnie (wife of A. G. Taylor); John, Earl, Margaret and Lorin, the
latter two having preceded in death many years ago. On June 26, 1888,
death claimed his wife and left him the care of his small children until
March 30, 1893, he was united in marriage with Miss Henrietta Fred,
daughter of William and Sarah Fred. To this union, three children were
born, one having died in infancy, Oscar and Miss Myrtle at home.
He leaves besides his wife, one brother and nine childrfen, twenty-
five grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren and a host of
relatives and friends to mourn their loss.
In early life he was united with the Universalist Church at Old
Williamsburg and had always lived a devoted christian, always ready
to lend a helping hand to the needy. "Uncle" George as he was familiarly
known, wished he might get well, but realizing his time was short
expressed his willingness to go.
At the age of 20, on July 1, 1861, he volunteered in Co.F, 44th Illinois
Infantry and served his country well and faithfully for three years,
when on September 15, 1864, he was honorably discharged from service at
Atlanta, GA., He lay sick for several months in the hospital and fought
afterwards at Chattanooga, Chickamuga and Atlanta and other severe
engagements. Just 57 years to the day of his discharge, his two youngest
sons, Earl and Oscar, left for the training camp during the World War.
He was ever a devoted husband and father.
All his long and useful life was spent in Jefferson County, one half mile
from his old home where he was born. His earthly home was an idea one
where peace and happiness reigned.
Funeral was held at the home at 1 o’clock, Thursday afternoon.,
Oct. 27, 1922, by Rev. G. A. Phelp of Chester, Illinois and the body
was laid to rest in the Gilbert cemetery under many beautiful flowers.
Maude Newell Place and Claude Newell were twins who remained very close
all their lives. Maude Newell married Frank Place, and they named their
oldest son Claude. Oddly enough, Maude’s brother and her son she
named after her brother died on the same day.