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Henthorn, George Washington

George Washington Henthorn

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BIOGRAPHY: George Washington Henthorn was a bachelor farmer and active in community, political, and Masonic fraternal affairs. At one time he was a RFD carrier.

PROBATE: Will of George W. Henthorn
I, George W. Henthorne of Ripley County and the state of Indiana being of sound mind, and disposing memory, do make and publish this my last will and testament:

Item first: It is my desire that all my just debts and funeral expenses be fully paid.

Item second. I give all of my personal property to Alice B. Bruner and Fannie M. Henthorn to be divided between them equally by my Executor hereinafter mentioned.

Item third. I give and bequeath all of my Real Estate that I may own at the time of my decease to Alice B. Bruner and Fannie M. Henthorn to be divided equally between them by my Executor hereinafter mentioned.

Item fourth. I hereby appoint Fannie M. Henthorn to be my Executor.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the 1st day of October 1894. s/ George W. Henthorn {seal}

signed, sealed, published and declared by the said George W. Henthorn as for his last will and testament, in the presence of us, who in his presence and in the presence of each other and at his request have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.

s/ Carl E. Wood } witnesses
s/ C.N. Peters

Geo. Henthorn, died at his home west of town [Milan, IN], Saturday May 18, 1912, after an illness of several weeks of organic heart trouble. His parents died years ago leaving the responsibility of keeping up the home to George. This place he filled nobly. He was a loving brother, a kind neighbor, and was loved and respected by all.

He has been a rural route mail carrier for almost 10 years, a position which he creditably filled.

The community has lost one of nature's noblemen. He was a member of the Masonic Order; the I.O.O.F. and the K. of P. and was also a member of the Eastern Star.

He leaves to mourn, seven sisters and one brother and many other relatives and friends.

The funeral was at his late home, Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. conducted by Rev. D.P. Liston.

The pall bearers were Judge F.M. Thompson, J.P. Day, Everett Shockley, John Warneke, Chas. Powell and Jesse P. Conyers. Burial at Moores Hill under the auspices of the Masonic Order.

Those from a distance who attended the funeral of Geo. Henthorn were: Joe Stewart and wife, Mrs. Ellsworth Bruner and son and daughter and Mrs. Maggie Dean, of Indianapolis; James Henthorne and Mrs. Myrtle Kestler of Shelbyville, and Mrs. ... Vincent.
(Source: Probably Versailles Republican, 22 May 1912)

George W. Henthorn was born August 24, 1853, on the farm near Milan, where he spent most of his life, and passed away May 12, 1912. He was converted and joined the Zion M.E. Church in 1870, under the ministry of Charles E. Edwards.

He joined the Masonic order at the age of 21 and became a member of the Eastern Star.

In 1880 he became a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, also the Daughters of Rebecca; and in 1886 of the Knights of Pythias and the Pythian Sisters.

He is survived by seven sisters and one brother, a number of relatives and a host of friends.

He was an affectionate brother, of a cheerful disposition, thoughtful of others, one of the world's useful men, highminded, modest, a faithful friend and an esteemed citizen.

We can say with the great poet, "His life was gentle and the elements so mixed in him that Nature might stand up and say to all the world, 'This was a man.'"

Resolution of Respect
Thou art gone our Brother,
Gone beyond this vale of tears,
But in Memory you will linger,
With us through the passing years.

In Memory of Geo. W. Henthorn, who died May the 13th, 1912.

Once again Death hath summoned a Brother Odd Fellow, and the golden gateway to the Eternal City has opened to welcome him to his home. He has completed his work in the ministering of the wants of the afflicted, in shedding light into darkened souls and in bringing joy into the places of misery, and as his reward, has received the plaudit, "Well done," from the Supreme Master.

And Whereas, The all-wise and merciful Father has called our beloved and respected brother home;

And Whereas, He has been a true and faithful Brother, in our Order, therefore be it

Resolved, That Milan Lodge No. 270, I.O.O.F. of Milan, Indiana, in testimony of her loss, tenders to the family of the deceased brother our sincere condolence in this deep affliction, and that a copy of these resolutions be spread on the minutes of our lodge.
Robert H. Borders, Jas. M. Spencer, J.C. Powell, Committee

PROBATE: The will was probated on 29 May 1912 at Versailles, Ripley Co., IN with Charles N. Peters, witness to the signing of the will, testifying the will was valid.

Posted: 20 Dec 2001
Reposted: 21 Feb 2011

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