|Birth: ||Feb. 26, 1831|
|Death: ||Jul. 8, 1899|
His obituary in the 14 Jul 1899 O'Fallon Illinois Progress reads:
"The unrelenting hand of Death has again invaded this community and removed one of our best and most highly respected citizens, Mr. G. W. Darrow from our midst.
Mr. G. W. Darrow died at his home about one mile east of town on Saturday morning at 5:30 o'clock, July 8th, at the age of 70 years, 5 months and 12 days.
The funeral took place Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family residence to the Baptist Church where a large congregation of relatives and friends had gathered to listen to a very eloquent funeral sermon by Rev. Geo. Steel, of Ironton, Mo. The congregation was so large that the church was crowded to its utmost capacity and many could not gain admission at all. Two sets of pall bearers were in charge of the casket. Elijah Darrow, Joseph Darrow, Oliver Darrow, Leonard Bridges, Horace Parker and Emsley Peach active pall bearers; and J. H. Atkinson, Louis F. Fischer, A. C. Jones, Horace
Simmons, Henry Wetmore, and Evan Davis, honorary pall bearers.
A very large procession of mourning relatives and sympathizing friends attended the remains to their final resting place in the Oak Hill Cemetery.
The deceased will be greatly missed in this community having abounded all his life in good deeds and generosities. He was converted at the age of ten years, and was one of the founders of the Baptist Church at this place having donated $1000 at that time and has since been one of its main supporters. At another time he gave his entire wheat crop to raise a mortgage of $700 which was threatening the church.
Through three score years like his master 'He went about doing good.' He also founded a number of Sunday Schools in this county.
The Progress joins in sympathy with the bereaved.
The following are those who attended the funeral from a distance: East St. Louis: Mr. and Mrs. D. P. Alexander, Dr. and Mr. Wiggins, Mr. James Moore, Mr. Irwin Pope, Mr. and Mrs Harry Gillian, Mrs. Lillie White, Mrs. W. W. Lemon, Mrs. Millie Raith and Ford Lemon. St. Louis: Mr. and Mrs. Koebler. Collinsville: Mr. and Mrs. Horace Look, and Mrs. Fanny Harlow. Lebanon: Mr. James Peach, Mrs. C. H. Dorris, Mrs. Wolff, Mrs. Emma Grauel, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Cook, Mrs. May, Mrs. Sheppard. Belleville: Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Penn, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Smiley, Mr. Henry Needles and Mr. and Mrs. Renner of Pleasant Ridge."
He was the clerk of Oak Hill Baptist Church at its founding in 1851 and remained very active in the congregation. In 1867, he and his wife Drusilla helped found the O'Fallon Baptist Church. Lastly, the Shiloh Methodist Church earliest extant book of records notes in a transcription from an earlier source: "G. W. Darrow of Oak Hill, Ills and Miss Drusilla Stites of Ridge Prairie, married Dec. 31, 1854, at the Brides Mother, Mrs. Catherine Stites by Rev. J. M. Peck. Witnesses: A. Umbarger & Lady, James Scott, Wm Stites, Miss M. J. Glasgo, Miss M. Rutherford."
Charles B. Darrow (1806 - 1839)
Sarah Peach Darrow (1804 - 1891)
Drusilla Andrews Stites Darrow (1838 - 1931)*
Alice M Darrow Miller (1857 - 1948)*
Amos B Darrow (1859 - 1861)*
Cora B Darrow (1870 - 1886)*
Heber Wilbur Darrow (1875 - 1956)*
Lucinda Darrow Bridges (1827 - 1907)*
George Washington Darrow (1831 - 1899)
Charles B Darrow (1840 - 1933)*
Oak Hill Cemetery
St. Clair County
Created by: James Henkel
Record added: Dec 24, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 63281551