Pioneer Families - WITHERELL
Extracted From
Chapter XVII
Early history of the town of Hopkinton :
history of East Village (Nicholville) and vicinity,
diaries of Elisha Risdon and Artemas Kent,
soldiers of the Civil War,
genealogical record of sixty of the pioneer families

Carlton E. Sanford
Boston: Bartlett Press, 1903

[Transcribed by Dave Swerdfeger]

IN this chapter is given the genealogical records of many of the pioneers of the town, of all that I have been able to gather sufficient data and information to make a fairly full record. The preparation of these records has required much time, labor, correspondence, persistence and patience. Had I had in the beginning a full comprehension of the tedious labor required, I now feel sure I should not have undertaken it. That there are some errors in dates and possibly a few in names I am quite satisfied, since considerable of my information came from elderly people who wrote feebly and indistinctly. I think it will be readily understood, if the reader will bear in mind that it is in continuous order; that the first, second, third and fourth generations are each carried slightly to the right, and that each generation always has the same indentation.

DR. HENRY M. WITHERELL b. August 12, 1811; d. January 24, 1869, Waukegan, Ill.; m. Lucy Gile, January 4, 1837; d. 1896, Waukegan, Ill. He was born at Leicester, Vt., and graduated in March, 1835, from the University of Vermont as a physician. In 1837 he settled in Hopkinton, where he practised for nine years. His house and office were next east of Clark S. Chittenden's residence. He also owned the first farm up the "Peck road" on the east side, which he sold to his brother, Thomas D., of Depeyster, N.Y. In late years it was and is now held by his nephew, Edwin, son of Stephen R. Nathan Peck, who married his sister Ruth, owned the farm next south of this. On Mr. Peck's death she married John Hoyt of Parishville. In 1846 he went west by way of the lakes, settling at Waukegan, Ill., where he became quite distinguished as a physician and surgeon. Had five children:
  • Eugenia Evaline, b. November 21, 1837, Hopkinton; d. February 11, 1842.
  • Cornelia, b. December 30, 1839; 1. Windmere, Ill.; m. Allen C. Story, August 1, 1863. He was educated at Genesee College, N.Y., and at the University of Albany, and is a practising lawyer in Chicago. Had one child:
    • Frederick W., b. November 26, 1864; m. Catherine Brazie, December 9, 1893. He was educated in the public schools of Chicago and at the Northwestern University, and is a member of the law firm of Story, Russell & Story, Chicago. Had two children:
      • Myrtle Gile, b. February 12, 1887.
      • Cecelia, b. October 4, 1900.
  • Fern, b. December 11, 1841, Hopkinton; d. July 24, 1870, Waukegan; m. Dr. R. W. Clarkson of Waukegan in 1865. No issue.
  • William Gile, b. September 15, 1844; 1. Windmere, Ill.; m. Maria Beattie, September 26, 1870; d. August 19, 1895. Had four children:
    • William H., b. October 26, 1873; 1. Bisbee, Ariz.
    • Allan J., b. June 11, 1875; 1. Bisbee, Ariz.
    • Harold B., b. August 12, 1878; 1. Bisbee, Ariz.
    • Edith, b. March 10, 1884.
  • Darwin, b. April 16, 1846; d. May 24, 1852, Waukegan.
S. RUSSELL WITHERELL b. April 17, 1799; d. August 12, 1878; m. Abigail Moon, d. January, 1882. He came from Shoreham, Vt., settled and lived on north side of Turnpike, half mile west of Elisha Risdon. It has been impossible to get a all record of his family. Had five children:
  • Clarissa, b. December 15, 1829; m. A. Larned Warner. (See his family.)
  • Charlotte C., b. November 18, 1831; 1. Hopkinton; m. Seymour Clark. (Incomplete.)
  • Henry E., b. July 31, 1835; 1. Hopkinton; m. Loisa Miller. He now holds the old homestead. Had three children:
    • Edna, m. Willard Shonyo; 1. Hopkinton.
    • George, b. August 26, 1865; m. Laura A. Warner, December 31, 1900; 1. Hopkinton. Had one child:
      • Philip H., b. May 24, 1902.
    • Charles, b. February 5, 1866; 1. Shelton, Wash.; m. Agnes J. Warner, September 29, 1900. Had one child:
      • Stephen R., b. February 2, 1902.
  • George R., b. May 4, 1842; 1. in the west.
  • Ellen E., b. May 5, 1849; 1. Hopkinton; m. William Hunter. Have a family.

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