George Washington Painter

George Washington Painter

Richland County, Ohio, USA
Death 29 Nov 1920 (aged 89)
Dewey, Champaign County, Illinois, USA
Burial Foosland, Champaign County, Illinois, USA
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George Washington Painter, a son of Andrew and Catherine Painter, was born in Richland County, Ohio, where his paternal grandfather entered land in 1814, and his father was enumerated in 1830 and paid a tax in 1836. Andrew Painter's household was enumerated in 1840 and 1850 in Clark County, Ohio.

The earliest record of George W. Painter is an 1852 city directory for Springfield, Clark County, where he worked in livery, the trade of stabling and hiring out horses (consistent with family tradition that he also was a stage coach driver.)

George W. Painter and his first wife Elizabeth Harr were married on 13 October 1853 in Clark County, Ohio. With his wife and infant son Emanuel, he traveled to Illinois by wagon, and arrived in Champaign County on 14 September 1855. Elizabeth, who became ill during the journey, died soon after their arrival, in the vicinity of Houstonville, George W. Painter is said to have afterwards relocated to LeRoy, a village in neighboring McLean County, Illinois.

George Painter and Louisa Stine were married on 19 August 1858 in Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois. A newspaper announcement showed that the bride was from Old Town, a McLean County township between LeRoy and Bloomington.

"Obituary: George Washington Painter," Gibson City Courier, Illinois, 9 Dec 1920, p. 2.
  "George Washington Painter was born in Clark county, Ohio, March 12, 1821, and died November 29, 1920, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Painter [née Charity Jane Painter], in Dewey. He was 99 years, 8 months and 17 days old at the time of his death. He came to Illinois with his family about seventy years ago, making the trip in a covered wagon, and settled near Houstonville, Ill., having moving to the Foos farm and there he lived for many years.
  "The deceased was married twice. His first wife was Mrs. Lizzy Hore of Ohio. To this union two children were born. Emanuel Painter of Foosland and one child who preceded him in death. His second marriage was to Louise Stine of Saybrook and to this union the following children were born: Mrs. Mary Jordan of Bloomington; Mrs. Laura Burshall [Burchnall] of Urbana; Mrs. John Painter of Dewey; Wesley Painter of Champaign; William Painter of Rantoul; and Frank Painter of West Liberty, Ill. One step-son, John Stansbury of Champaign, also survives this marriage.
  "He is survived by 31 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.
  "The funeral was held at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning, Dec. 1, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Painter, south of Dewey, the services being in charge of Rev. A. N. Simmons of White Heath. Interment was made in the Mt. Hope cemetery, north of Foosland.
  "A precious one from us is gone. The voice we love is still. There is a vacant chair in our home."

"Aged Dewey Man Buried Wednesday," News Gazette Champaign, Illinois, 3 Dec 1920, p. 4.
  "Dewey, Dec. 1—Funeral services for George W. Painter who died Monday evening [29 November 1920] were held at 10:00 o'clock this morning at the home of his daughter, south of this village. Rev. A. N. Simmons of White Heath was in charge and burial was in Mt. Hope cemetery near Foosland. Mr. Painter was born March 12, 1821, in Clark county, Ohio, and came to Illinois in the early days making the trip in a covered wagon and resided in this community for many years. He was 99 years, seven months, and 18 days old at the time of his death. He was married two times, his last wife, Mrs. Louisa Painter dying nine years ago. He leaves the following children: Mrs. Laura Burchnall, Urbana; Mrs. Charity Painter, Dewey; William Painter, Rantoul; Frank Painter, West Liberty; Manuel Painter, Foosland. One child by his first wife died in infancy. He also leaves one stepson, John Stansbury of Champaign; 31 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild."

Date and place of birth

Despite the evidence of great age, family researchers believe that George Washington Painter's age was exaggerated by a decade; that he was born about 1831. His parents were born about 1804 and married probably in the late 1820s. The single mark for a boy under age 5 in 1830 census for his father's household probably represents an older brother, Nicholas (born about 1829). George Washington Painter and his brother Emanuel Painter (who reported he was age 33 when he enlisted in 1864; thus born about 1831), may have been twins.

Newspaper articles on George W. Painter from 1912, 1914, and 1920 reported his birthday as being on 12 March.

Although obits report George W. Painter having been born in Clark County, Ohio, the Andrew Painter household is found there only in the 1840 and 1850 U.S. Censuses. He was likely from Clark County; we believe he was born in Richland County, Ohio.

Children with Elizabeth Harr not linked:
• infant son

Children with Louisa Stine not linked:
• Elias (twin of Mary Catherine)
• Olive "Hattie"

George W. Painter was a step-father to John Albert Stansbury (1855-1925).


1850 U.S. Census: not enumerated.

Marriage license: George Painter & Louisa Stine, 19 Aug 1858, McLean Co., Illinois. Vol. C, p. 434. (Copy of original.) Marriage of "Mr. George Painter, of Champaign county, and Louisa Irvine [sic], of Old Town," on 19 August announced in: "Married," Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois, 21 Aug 1858. The southeast corner of McLean County's Old Town Township touches the northwest corner of the county's Empire Township in which the village of LeRoy is located.

1860 U.S. Census, Drummer Twp., Ford Co., Illinois; dwelling 270, family 270, lines 31-40 and 1-3, pp. 334-35 / pp. 10-11 (written), 27 Jun 1860. (P. O.: Cheney's Grove (in adjacent McLean Co.))
31. George Painter, reported age 30, [farmer] (-0-; $40), Ohio.
32. "Eliza" [Louisa] -----, 26, Indiana.
33. Manuel -----, 6, Ohio.
34. John -----, 5, Illinois. [John Stansbury]
35. Elias -----, 1, Illinois.
36. Mary -----, 1, Illinois.
37-40. and 1-3. foreign-born laborers.

1865 Illinois state census, Arrowsmith Twp., McLean Co.; p. 176.
11. George Painter.

1870 U.S. Census, West Twp., McLean Co., Illinois; dwelling 15, family 6, lines 4-11, p. 664 (printed) p. 3 (written), 12 Aug 1870. (P. O.: Le Roy)
4. Painter, George, reported age 44, farmer (-0-; $830), Ohio.
5. ----- "Eliza" [Louisa], 37, keeping house, Indiana.
6. ----- Manuel, 16, laboring on farm, Ohio.
7. ----- John, 15, Illinois.
8. ----- Mary, 11, Illinois.
9. ----- Olive, 10, Illinois.
10. ----- Charity, 8, Illinois.
11. ----- Frank, 1, Illinois.
At least three children omitted: Laura, William, and George Wesley.

"Mr. Geo. Painter was stacking hay for Mr. Schoenberger, and fell from a stack, a distance of 16 feet, mashing one his legs below the knee and his foot almost to jelly. Fears were entertained that he would lose his leg. Dr. Harris and Dr. Holton, of Gibson, set the bones and worst is now over. He is however, in a critical condition." ("Foosland," Gibson City Courier, Gibson City, Illinois, 3 Aug 1877, p. 5.)

1880 U.S. Census, E.D. 1, Brown Twp., Champaign Co., Illinois; dwelling 58, family 61, lines 41-48, p. 4 (printed), p. 9 (written), 4 Jun 1880.
41. Painter, George W. [head], reported age 57, farmer; born in Ohio, parents in Virginia.
42. ----- Louisa, 48, wife, keeping house; born in Indiana, parents in South Carolina.
43. ----- Manuel, 26, son, farmer; born in Ohio, father in Ohio, mother in Indiana.
44. ----- [George] Wesley, 19, son, works on the farm, Illinois.
45. ----- Laura, 17, daughter, at home, Illinois.
46. ----- Charity, 16, daughter, at home, Illinois.
47. ----- William, 13, son, works on the farm, Illinois.
48. ----- Frank, 10, son, at school, Illinois.

"Painter Emanuel, t f, r [tenant farmer, residing in] Foosland."
"Painter Geo, t f, sec 17; p o Foosland."
(Champaign County Directory & Gazetteer for 1885 (Urbana, Illinois: D. McKenzie & Co., 1885), p. 224.)

1900 U.S. Census, E.D. 13, East Bend Twp., Champaign Co., Illinois; dwelling 42, family 42, lines 32-33, p. 26 (printed), p. 3 (written), 13 Jun 1900.
32. Painter, George, "Mar 1821," 79, married 44 years [1856]; born in Ohio, father in West Virginia, mother in Pennsylvania. [no occupation]
33. ----- Louisia, wife, Mar 1832, 58, married 44 years, 10 children (7 living); born in Indiana, father in N. Carolina, mother in Germany.

1910 U.S. Census: not enumerated. Not reported in the households of any of his seven surviving children, nor stepson. He was reported in 1908 to be living with his son-in-law and daughter, John H. and Mary C. Jordan. (Bio. of John H. Jordan in: E. A. Gardner, History of Ford County, Illinois, vol. 2 (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1908), pp. 568-69. )

George Washington Painter explained that he was "staying with his daughter, Mrs. Laura Keeler, but expect soon to go to my son Emanuel Painter of Foosland." (Likely explaining his absence from the 1910 census.) "I drove stage for three months for Turner & Hooker for $12 a month." ("Nonagenarian Has Many Experiences," The Urbana Courier-Herald, Urbana, Illinois, 30 Aug 1913, p. 5, col. 2.)

George W. Painter's date of arrival in Champaign County is from: "George Painter," The Gibson City Courier, Gibson City, Illinois, 5 Sep 1913, p. 6.

"George Painter, who has been a guest of his daughter, Mrs. Laura Keeler [in Urbana], went today to Rantoul. Before returning to Urbana, Mr. Painter [...] will visit his children at Rantoul, Dewey, Foosland and Gibson City." ("Personals," The Urbana Courier-Herald, Urbana, Illinois, 25 Oct 1913, p. 5.)

1920 U.S. Census, E.D. 19, Condit Twp., Champaign Co., Illinois; dwelling 74, family 74, lines 41-46, p. 203 (printed), p. 4 A (written), 13 Jan 1920.
41. Painter, John W., head, 60; born in Illinois, father in Ohio, mother in Pennsylvania; farmer.
42. ----- Charity J., wife, 55; born in Illinois, father in Ohio, mother in Indiana.
43. ----- Nellie A., daughter, 22, Illinois.
44. ----- Carl E., son, 20, Illinois, farm laborer.
45. ----- "Murriel" R., son, 17, Illinois, farm laborer.
46. ----- George W., father, 99, widowed; born in Ohio, parents in Ohio.

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Great-great-grandfather of submitter.

Reviewed 12 April 2021.

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