4.102 George W. DARWIN

Male 1833 - 1881  (48 years)


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  • Name George W. DARWIN 
    Title 4.102 
    Born 1833  Grimes County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • place of birth not certain.
    Gender Male 
    Census 1860  Brazos County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    "Geo. Darwin" (age 26), Laborer, personal $80, b. TX 
    Died 1881  Grimes County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • malaria
    Notes 
    • Commentary: DWD 4.102

      George W. Darwin has been a little problematic in my research from the time of his birth in 1833 to the time of his death in 1881, and whose epitaph is simply recorded in the Oakwood Cemetery, Waco, as follows: G.W. (George) Darwin, Grimes Co., TX 1833-1881 (Malaria). I am reasonably certain that George was born at the family home in Grimes County in 1833 after his parents migrated to Texas and he would only have attained the age of one at the death of his father.

      He was eleven years old when his mother died in 1844, at which time he was certainly living in Texas according to the profile written about his brother, Overton Darwin. Subsequently, I presume that a decision was made that it would be better to send young George back to the family in Louisiana, where by 1850, he is shown, now aged 16, living in the household of Solomon and Charlotte Johnson and next door to the family of Reuben Darwin. It's possible that the Johnson couple were just neighbours but under the circumstances just described, I believe it very likely that Charlotte was his sister (as noted in Section 3.18). However, the 1850 LA census indicates that George Darwin was born in Louisiana and that I think is incorrect. It is possible that his mother, Mary (Raper) Darwin, returned to Louisiana for her confinement and birth of George but I think this is an unlikely case. George must have returned to Texas, possibly around 1854, where he married Eliza Hayes in Galveston County in October of 1854.

      On the 1860 census for Brazos Co., TX, George along with his wife, Eliza, both give their birthplace as Louisiana, while their first child Ruphus (Rufus) is listed age 3 and born in Texas. I don't have the 1870 census for the family but by 1880, George was living in Falls Co., TX, without his wife Eliza and with four children:

      Darwin, G.W. 45 Tex
      Rufus s 19 Tex
      Mary F d 16 Tex
      Georgie d 9 Tex
      Lurany d 6 Tex


      For the first time George gives his birthplace as Texas! Is this a case of When in Rome, Do as the Romans Do? His eldest son, Rufus, aged 19, should be aged 23, if he is the same Rufus shown on the 1860 census unless that child died and the next child was also named Rufus? Rufus then loses two more years on the 1900 census where he is shown aged 37 (Dec 1862) in Wilbarger Co., TX.

      George's youngest child, Lurany, who is 6 years old in 1880 may indicate that her mother, Eliza, died giving birth to Lurany or possibly the next child that followed? The family underwent a further tragedy in the year 1881, where the records indicate that George W. Darwin married Mrs. S.E. Dutton in October only to die of malaria before the year was out. In the profile of Overton Darwin, it was also noted that the two youngest daughters of his brother George were taken care of by Overton and his wife Lucy, though sadly Lucy (Absher) Darwin would only live to May 1882.
    • References:

      Ann Darwin
      Waco Obituaries (1874-1908)

    • Sources pending:

      1860: Census - Texas - Brazos County



      * Obituary notice in the Waco Daily Examiner (16 December 1881): "George W. Darwin, 49, died Dec. 14 at his residence on North 4th, of malaria."
    Person ID I1620  DARUSA | Descendants of William Darwin
    Last Modified 7 Apr 2012 

    Father James W. DARWIN, Sr.,   b. Abt 1787, York County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1834, San Felipe, Austin County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 47 years) 
    Mother Mary M. RAPER,   b. 11 Nov 1809,   d. 1844  (Age 34 years) 
    Married 12 Jan 1830  St. Landry Parish, LA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F0765  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Eliza HAYES,   b. 1838, LA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1875, Falls County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years) 
    Married 16 Oct 1854  Galveston County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Rufus DARWIN,   b. 1857, TX Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Mary F. DARWIN,   b. 1864
     3. Georgie DARWIN,   b. 1871
     4. Lurany DARWIN,   b. 1874
    Last Modified 11 May 2009 
    Family ID F0772  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 S.E. 
    Married 18 Oct 1881  McLennan County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 11 May 2009 
    Family ID F1580  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1833 - Grimes County, TX Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 16 Oct 1854 - Galveston County, TX Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - "Geo. Darwin" (age 26), Laborer, personal $80, b. TX - 1860 - Brazos County, TX Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1881 - Grimes County, TX Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 18 Oct 1881 - McLennan County, TX Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S282] CEN: 1860 TX Brazos.