Thurtell and Related Families

Notes for Walter THURTELL

The 1850 U.S. Census for Jamestown, Grant County, Wisconsin, page 136, ennumerated September 19, 1850, shows Walter Thurtle, age 4, born in Wisconsin, living with his parents, Edward B. Thurtle and Anna Thurtle. The entry about Ransom B. Folts in a 1901 Grant County, Wisconsin, biographical record shows his wife's brother, Walter Thurtell, was a resident of Honolulu.

Information received from Charlotte Mackie in 1998, mostly from Cynthia Kerman, shows Walter Thurtell was born March 31, 1847, in Wisconsin, and that he married Emma Bechtel on July 22, 1880. He was a school teacher and later the editor of the Dubuque, Iowa, newspaper. He and his wife apparently separated some time prior to 1900, since she is listed as the head of the household in the 1900 census.

He is listed in the 1900 U.S. Census for Hawaii twice. One listing shows him as Walter Thurtell in Honolulu District, Island of Oahu on Miller Street (Volume 10, ED 10, Sheet 6, Line 10), enumerated June 4, 1900. This listing shows him as Caucasian, born in March 1847 in Wisconsin and age 53. He is listed with five lodgers, and the field of the census showing whether he owned or rented his home was left blank. This listing shows he has been married 20 years and that his father was born in England and his mother in North Carolina. It shows he immigrated to the Hawaiian Islands in 1899 and has been living in the Hawaiian Islands for 1 1/3 years. His occupation is shown as a journalist, and the census shows there were 0 months in the prior year that he was not employed. He is able to read, write, and speak English but cannot speak Hawaiian. There is another listing in Honolulu District, Island of Oahu, enumerated on June 6, 1900 (Volume 9, ED 6, Sheet 15, Line 49) showing him as Walter Thurtell, age 53 and born in March 1837 in Wisconsin, a Caucasian living alone in a home he owned mortgage free on Beach Road in Honolulu District, Island of Oahu, Hawaii. In this listing he is shown as a widower who immigrated to the Hawaiian Islands in 1898, 1 1/2 years earlier, and his father is shown as born in England and his mother in North Carolina. He is shown as a journalist who had two months when he was not employed, and he can speak, read, and write English but not Hawaiian. These two listings undoubtedly refer to the same person, since Walter Thurtell was 53 in June 1900, and therefore the correct date of birth should be March 1847.

The death certificate for Walter Thurtell shows he died at his home at 80 Laimi Road, Honolulu, Hawaii, on December 17, 1921, at age 74 years, 8 months, 16 days, and that he was born in 1847, the son of Edward B. Thurtell. His father's place of birth is shown as Germany, and his mother's name and birth place are shown as unknown. It shows he had lived in Honolulu for 25 years and that he was a widower. The cause of death was cerebral hemorrhage, and he was cremated in Oahu. The informant was Joseph Joaquin, relationship not shown and address illegible. His wife's name is also shown as unknown.

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