Biographical and Genealogical information about aunts and uncles of George Gorton II
The brothers and sisters of George Gorton I are:
Hannah - born 7/12/1828; died 11/7/1914.
Married James G. Holt
Hugh - born 1831; died June 6, 1914
John - born 5/3/1833; died 9/24/1833
Henry - born 10/13/1834; died 7/11/1902
James Jr. - born 12/16/1836; died 12/19/1911. Married, 1 child
Betsy - born 6/4/1843; died ??.
Married William McAllister. 2 Children: George, William
The initial source of George Gorton I's brothers and sisters comes from
[GG2mem], which merely lists
names in the appendix. Another reference is
a handwritten note
by Dorothy Lains Gorton (daughter-in-law of George II)
Hugh seems to be the most prolifically described by various
entries, and seems to have been quite the enterpreneur (okay, wheeler-dealer).
In chronological order, articles include:
Daily Racine Advocate, 11 Jan. 1854 - "Copartnership notice.
Wustum & Gorton,
take this occasion to say to the public that they have formed a connection in the
business of butchering, and will be happy to see the former customers of Mr. Gorton
at the old stand on Main St. where they will be sure to find the best meats and
provisions, the market affords.
Racine, Jan 9, 1854. [Signed]Hugh Gorton, George Wustum.
(Wustum was mayor of Racine in 1855)
Racine Daily Journal, 14 March, 1857 - Messrs. Hugh Gorton and Lovell recently
formed a co-partnership to carry out the meat business at the old stand of
Gorton and English.
Racine Weekly Journal, 29 Oct. 1862 - Sheriff's foreclosure sale notice:
Joseph C. Lukes, Plaintiff against Ann Maria Lloyd, Andrew Lloyd, Hugh Gorton,
Phillip Lovell, Christian Keith, & Henry W. Landreth, Defendants.
Block 72 Section 16 of city.
Racine Weekly Journal, 8 May, 1878 - purchased the "Taylor Farm" adjoining the
Racine Daily Journal, 20 Oct. 1882 - will celebrate his 29th wedding anniversary today.
Racine Daily Journal, 6 June, 1883 - a family gathering at his residence
including his parents, and his wifes parents, whose combined ages is 328 years.
Mr. Gorton's father is 83, his mother 75.
Mrs. Gorton's father, W.P. Smith is 83, Mrs. Gorton's mother turned 87 'today'.
According to Racine city directories for 1883/1884, Isabella was James' widow.
Which means that Isabella was James' second wife, as Betty Barrett is recorded
as having died in 1849
Racine Daily Journal, 20 Nov. 1883 - purchased a residence from F. William
Hansing on the corner of Lake Ave. and 11th St.
Racine Daily Journal, 26 Dec. 1883 - purchased from E. Hansing Lot 11 BLock 26
in the School Seciton of the city for $5,000
Racine Daily Journal, 9 Aug. 1884 - Superintendent of sheep at first Wisconsin
Photos of (Hugh) Gorton and (Evan) Jones' meat market, circa 1885
Racine Daily Journal, 13 Jan. 1894 - Sold to Miss Eliza A. Cooley the residence
on the corner of Lake and 11th St.
Racine Daily Journal, 1 Aug. 1894 - disposed of property on the corner of
Wisconsin and 5th to the Schlitz Brewing Co.
Here are three photos of Hugh; his wife Jane Smith Gorton (listed in some
documents as Jeanette), and their daughter, Nellie all date unknown. All three
say (lower right corner) 'Merell Studio, Ionia, Mich.'
A search for Merell Studio, Ionia on genealogy.com shows shows that L.K.Merell
(born Jan. 13, 1852) married H. Elizabeth Gorton on May 31, 1888. So it
appears that these photos were done by Hugh and Jenett's son-in-law.
Hugh's obituary [top part of the copy is partially truncated]:
one of the first members of Racine lodge 252, B. P. O. Elks.
On Octover 20, 1853, he was united in marriage to Jane M. Smith, of Aberdeen, Scotland.
Four children blessed the union. There survives to mourn his death his widow,
two daughters, Mrs. L.K.Merell, and Miss Nell L. Gorton of this city.
Also two sisters, Mrs. Hannah Holt and Mrs. Betsey McAllister, both of Chicago.
The funeral will take place on Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock from the house, 1020
College avenue. Interment in Mound cemetery. Friends will please omit flowers.
Requiem will be held at the St. Luke's chapel for Mr. Gorton at 7:30 o'clock tomorrow
On account of the funeral of Hugh Gorton, late vice president of the First National
bank, which takes place at ten o'clock a.m. Tuesday, June 9, the bank will not open
until eleven o'clock.
Racine City directory entries list Jenette (wife) and Nell as residents, the last
entry for either is in the 1923 directory.
The obituary of George I (Racine Daily Journal, 15 June, 1888) lists surviving
brothers and sisters:
Mrs. Holt of Chicago
Mrs. McAllister of Chicago
Hugh Gorton of Racine
Henry Gorton of Racine
James Gorton of Rock City (Ill.)
George McAllister is described in
[GG2mem] as a cousin
(of George II) who lived and worked in Chicago. He is described as
working for a Robert Tarrant who did tugboat repairing. An interesting
aside is that this is Robert Tarrant of Felt and Tarrant, manufacturers
of the Comptometer (do an internet search for comptometer).
Bill McAllister (cousin of George II) is noted (again in [GG2mem]) as
working for Western Electric in Chicago.
Lance McAllister (uncle of George II) was in charge of the (railroad)
roundhouse in Racine when George II was young.
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