George Wanless

George Wanless

Male 1853 - Yes, date unknown

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  • Name George Wanless 
    Born 6 Jun 1853  Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Notes 
    • Not listed in 1870 census, at age 17. In his sister Louisa's obit, 23 Nov 1905, it lists all of her surviving siblings and their abodes, but says "George Wanless, whose present place of residence is unknown".

      Accounts ledger of the Breckinridge Institute, a school that served variously as a normal school (teacher training), a college preparatory school, and a finishing school, shows that in Sept 1877, Geo. Wanless paid $2 for schooling. He should have been around 16-20, so born in the late 1850s. The best fit is the son of Thomas Wanless & Julian Butcher, who lived in Winneshiek co near Decorah in 1860 and 1870. The "Autobiography of O.A. McFarland" (http://www.citilink.com/~bethany/journal3.html) says that Oscar Almon McFarland lived in Waucoma (southwest of Decorah) and attended the Breckinridge Institute in the fall of 1875 or 1876 when he was about 18 and became a teacher. He then wrote "The following spring after a short time spent in Decorah school I went as far west as Omaha in company with George Wanless. We expected to remain in the west but finding work scarce and thinking it needless to remain there we returned, poorer in pocket and a little richer in experience than when we started. We were gone but a few days."

      Another possibility is the George b.1856 in Richland co, WI, but it seems like Oscar McFarland must have known George locally when they went to Omaha together.

      Could be this 1880 census entry on Water Street in West Decorah:
      Moses Gecer, 26, merchant, b. Canada, parents b. Ireland
      Geo. Wanless, 23, clerk in store, self & parents b. VA
      -- but this Geo should be abt 27
    Person ID I209  1: Ralph(?) & Margaret Wandless or Wanless
    Last Modified 10 Sep 2019 

    Father Thomas Wanless,   b. 19 Mar 1810, Bath Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Oct 1887, North Salem, Marion Co, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Julian Butcher,   b. 10 Nov 1810, Bath Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Sep 1885, Salem, Marion Co, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 12 Aug 1830  Pocahontas Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F50  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] Marriage Records - Pocahontas Co, WV, 1830 AUG 11 - BOND FOR THOMAS WANLESS AND JULIET BUTCHER. SURETY, THOMAS WANLESS AND JOHN W. WHITE. LICENSE REQUESTED BY RALPH WANLESS. TESTE, JOHN WANLESS AND ANDREW NICHOLS. RETURNED AUG 12 BY BENJAMIN TALLMAN.  [P.10 OF POCA CO MARRIAGES BOOK] (Reliability: 3).