Pages 797-798, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




GEORGE W. McGILL is numbered among the worthy citizens that the keystone state has furnished to Kansas. He was born in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, July 6, 1846, and is a son of the well known Thomas McGill, who settled in Woodson County in 1876. When our subject was about ten years of age he accompanied his parents from his native state to LaSalle County, Illinois, and resided there for twenty years. He pursued his education in the district schools of the neighborhood and on attaining his majority started out upon an independent business career, since which time he has been dependent entirely upon his own resources. As a companion and helpmate on life's journey he chose Miss Jennie Harlan, the wedding being celebrated in LaSalle County, October 21, 1868.

The lady is a daughter of Arthur Harlan, and Thankful (Thrasher) Harlan, and was born in Putnam County, Illinois, September 16, 1850, Arthur Harlan was born near Connersville, Indiana, in 1829, and his wife was a native of the Empire state. Arthur Harlan spent his last days in Belle Blaine, Iowa, where he died in the year 1889. He was the father of seven children, six of whom are yet living: Belle, wife of Thomas McGill, of Rock Island, Illinois; Jennie, wife of our subject; Monroe, of Eagle Grove, Iowa; Ernest, who is living in Davenport, Iowa; Sadie, wife of Clinton McCormick, of Belle Plaine, Iowa, and Aaron, who is a resident of Clinton, Iowa. Melissa, who was the sixth in order of birth, died at the age of two years.

Mr. and Mrs. McGill began their domestic life upon a farm in Illinois, and there remained for about eight years, on the expiration of which period they came to Kansas and have since been residents of Woodson County, being located at the present time upon a farm on the southwest quarter of section two, township twenty-six, range sixteen. Mr. McGill gives his attention exclusively to general farming and is a man of diligence, perseverance and good business management and judgment. His political preference is indicated by the ballot which he always deposits on election day in support of the men and measures of Democracy, but the honors and


emoluments of office have no attraction for him, his farm work claiming all of his time. He finds thereby that he can gain a good return for his investment and is accordingly classed among the substantial agriculturists of the community.

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