Biography of William K. George
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

William K. George, who lives retired in Madison Township, is a veteran of the Civil War and one of the interesting pioneers of Columbiana County. He was born in the first log cabin built in Madison Township, Sept. 16, 1844, and is the son of David Hunter and Christina Jane George.

David Hunter George was a native of Jefferson County, Ohio. He settled in Columbiana County in 1839 and purchased a tract of 208 acres in Madison Township, the purchase price being 600 barrels of salt. In 1845 he built a fine brick home on the place, and this is among the old landmarks of the county. Mr. George died Dec. 16, 1861, and his wife died in 1898. They had the following children: J. Newton, deceased, was a Civil War veteran, first enlisting, during the call for 75,000 men, in the Twelfth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers and after becoining sick with measles he returned home and organized a company which was formed into Company B, 143rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry, of which he was captain; Thomas P., lives retired at McDonald, Pa.; William K., the subject of this sketch; John Jay, deceased; Robert Elwood, lives retired at Youngstown, Pa.; Isabel J., deceased, married Rev. S. J. Kyle, who lives in York County, Pa.; and Margaret, died in 1861.

William K. George attended the district schools and in 1864 enlisted in Company B, 143rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He was discharged Sept. 16, 1865. Mr. George built his present home in 1873 and now lives retired. He has ranked among the leading farmers and stockmen of this section for many years and his farm was one of the attractive spots of the county.

On Nov. 8, 1866, Mr. George was united in marriage with Miss Ida Irene Wilcoxson, a native of Pennsylvania, born June 3, 1848, the daughter of Joseph and Sarah (Jenkins) Wilcoxson, both deceased. Mr. Wilcoxson died Sept. 28, 1901, and his wife died Jan. 10, 1902. Mrs. George died Sept. 6, 1924, and is buried at Lisbon, Ohio. To Mr. and Mrs. George were born four sons: Harry B., born Jan. 10, 1869, a retired druggist, lives at Lisbon, Ohio; Dr. J. Bert, born April 12, 1872, a dentist at East Liverpool; Fred H., born Dec. 30, 1875, revenue collector for the 18th District, Columbiana County, lives on his father's farm in Madison Township; and William Kyle, born May 6, 1881, a druggist in Youngstown, Ohio. Mr. George has seven grandchildren: Mildred, Virginia, Marion, Alice, Mary Irene, Willard, and Fred H. George.

Mr. George is a Republican and has held several important township offices. He is a member of the United Presbyterian Church and the Grand Army of the Republic. He is held in high regard and has always been a reliable citizen of the community.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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