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Capt George W. Gibbs Cleveland
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Birth: Mar. 30, 1871
Vineyard Haven
Dukes County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Aug. 26, 1925
Boston
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA

Capt. George W. G. Cleveland (1871-1925), known to the Inuit as Suquortaronik. He was the son of Henry Newell Cleveland and Ann Eliza Gibbs of Vineyard Haven. He left Martha's Vineyard about 1900 and traveled on a ship which left him in Northern Canada, Manitoba Province.

First Spouse: Hattie Walker Chase 1868-1901
Married: 16 Sep 1889
Divorced: Prior to 1900

Children:
Ramona May Cleveland 1890 1920
Llewellyn William Cleveland 1893 1944

Suspected of fathering at least 15 children with 9 different mothers.

Exerted from 'When the Whalers were Up North' by Dorothy Harley Eber.
Joe Curley: "Oh, I knew George. He was one of the Americans, but because he was such a thief, he was just left behind among the Inuit people. He was fired. Eventually he was adopted by Harry and his family. They were concerned for him and looked after him. He had stolen quite a bit of equipment, mainly perhaps liquor. He stole from the ship and the crew. So they just left him here. The Inuit looked after him, fed him, and gave him clothing. They treated him as one of themselves. They didn't want him starving. While he was stranded, he adopted the Inuit lifestyle. He ate among us and lived with us in the camps. In winter he stayed in the igloos and in summer he went out camping in the tents. He did everything the Inuit did. I don't know if he had his own dog-team, but he went out hunting. He learned all the techniques, all the things Inuit used to do, and finally he could keep himself alive. After a while he got taken up by the Scottish whalers. But they weren't satisfied either, and it ended up that he was given back to the Inuit people. He kept being handed back and forth. When the HBC (Hudson Bay Company) started up in the North, he began working for the company. Finally he got his own building and ran a store."
 
 
Burial:
Unknown
 
Created by: Row Walker
Record added: Feb 10, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24524653
Capt George W. Gibbs Cleveland
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A real 'player' Capt'n Cleveland. Rest in peace.
- Row Walker
 Added: Feb. 10, 2008
 
 
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