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George A. Withey Family

George Alexander Withey was born in Canada 29 May 1861. Geo. A. died 22 September 1946 and is buried near his brother Stephen H. in Crookston, Minnesota.
George married Mary (Marie) Antoinette Pasonault (Pinsonnault) also born in Canada in 1877 (St. Johns,New Brunswick, Canada).She came to the U.S. at 5 mos. of age.
George and Mary had four children:

Melvel Everett born March 31, 1902 in St.John, North Dakota.

Melba Evelyn born in 1910 North Dakota.

George C. born in 1897.

Jerome born in North Dakota 1912.

George A. was an engineer with many railroads, but started out as a clerk for the Michigan Central Railroad. He worked the: CNW, Grand Rapids & Indiana RR, St. Paul MM, Great Northern RR and was the first Engineer on the Antler branch.


Orrin A. Withey Info

I was able through online sources to find out info through a research fee(very fair) for Orrin Withey.
An obituary was photo copied and sent to me about his death date in 1908. The newspaper feature is full of inaccuracies but I feel there is enough to consider it.

This information is incompatible with known info so I hope it will help someone looking for this Oren.


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Orrin A. Withey search

While searching I found Orrin's wife, Isabella and several of their adult children in Detroit from 1862 to 1880 in the city directory. Isabella is listed: Isabella Withey (wid. Orrin A.) which means he must have passed away after the 1870 Census for Wisconsin,Adams County, Dell Prairie. The thing I don't know is where and when? Was it in Wisconsin or Detroit?

Their eldest son William L. was employed in Detroit as first a cutter and later a foreman with H P Baldwin a shoemaker factory. William was also listed as a foreman with the Stephen F., and Co.
George A. was a clerk with the Michigan Central Railroad.
Stephen H. Withey was a carpenter.

George and Stephen would later serve long careers with Great Northern Railway. See entries


Stephen H. Withey

Steve was an interesting fellow, born in 1856 in Canada he was a very well liked man who worked for the Great Northern Railroad for 50 years and 6 months as a conductor promoting later to Trainmaster. He married (unknown) and had a daughter named Ruby who married a man named George W. Gonyea (Gon-Yay).

George Alexander was a train engineer for many railroads, chiefly Great Northern Railroad. He was the first engineer for the line in Antler, North Dakota.

Brothers George A. and Steve are buried in Crookston, Minnesota in Polk County.

Both George A. and his son George C. were were noted ornithologists and collected rare eggs, some of which are in the Smithsonian.

Trying to Find Orrin A. Withey Origins

I am trying to find my great, great, great grandfather Orrin A. Withey whom I think came to America through New York, but I have no evidence of this. He is the great anchor point in going back further.
Orrin was born March 23, 1824 and he married "Eisabella" McGregor from Edinburgh,Scotland.
They had seven children:
William 1849
Franklin S. 1851
Steven 1856
James 1858
George A. 1860- (He is the other anchor point as he had a son Melvel Everett who in turn had a son, my dad James Jerome.)

Sophia 1863
Phoebe 1891?

On my grandmother's side (Claire) are the Norwegians of the Odegard family and are well documented.


This is a photo of George A. Withey with my father James Jerome and his sister Mary Ann.

I have more family info to share in the next journal.