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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