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I want this to be as complete and correct as possible. My father's family was mostly in the southwestern corner of Pennsylvania and the panhandle of West Virginia. My mother's family was in western Virginia and southern West Virginia! Thanks for checking out my family.

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  • ID: I6188
  • Name: George Washington Shrewsbury 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 9 DEC 1884 in Besoco, Raleigh County, WV 3 4 5 6 7
  • Death: 30 JUN 1950 in Odd, Raleigh County, WV 8 9 of Gun shot wounds to head and chest 10
  • Reference Number: 6188
  • Note:
    Sent by email from Jana Church (Beckley newspaper? June 1950), also copy in

    Headline: Hearing Awaited By Youth After Stepfather's Death
    Subhead: 17-Year old Is Accused of Shooting Man at Home

    A preliminary hearing has not yet been set for George Maxwell, 17, who is accused of killing his stepfather, George Shrewsbury, 57, early yesterday morning at their home near Odd.

    According to State Police who investigated the affair, young Maxwell apparently fired two shots from a 12-gauge shotgun at Shrewsbury while the elder man stood outside a window on the house.

    The boy and his mother walked from the home on Thomas Creek to Odd, where they reported the shooting to Deputy Sheriff Mason Farley.

    State Police said last night that the only motive for the crime given by the boy was that he was "afraid of his stepfather."

    "Apparently, there had been some trouble in the family before, " the investigating officers said.

    The stepfather previously had an argument with another stepson.

    He had been forbidden by a court order from entering the house for 30 days, police revealed.

    Yesterday, the 30 days were up. When Shrewsbury came home about 6:15 yesterday morning, he couldn't get in the house, an investigation disclosed.

    After trying to door, Shrewsbury moved over to a window in the front room of the house and knocked on the pane. It was then that the Maxwell boy is thought to have fired the shots.

    According to an official at Calfee's Funeral Home, the older man was shot twice, once in the chest and once in the neck.

    Police said the mother and a younger brother were in the room at the time.

    Maxwell is now in the Raleigh County Jail awaiting a preliminary hearing.

    Funeral arrangements for Shrewsbury have not yet been completed.

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    George Shrewsbury's death certificate lists the informant as Witford Shrewsbury, and lists George's parents' names as George Shrewsbury & Hazel Lilly.

    The SSDI lists this person as the only "Witford" in the entire database:

    NameWITFORD SHREWSBURY
    Birth06 Dec 1912
    DeathDec 1981
    Last Residence37861 (Rutledge, Grainger, TN)
    Last Benefit(none specified)
    SSN232-12-7243
    IssuedWest Virginia or North Carolina

    In the 1910 Census for Summers County WV (Jumping Branch District)

    This family is listed: (all born in WV, all parents bornin WV)

    Thomas Matison Lilly 53 m2 24 years
    Amanda Lilly 43 m1 24 years (11 children, 9 living)
    Hazel Lilly 18 m 0 years
    Jamie (or Jennie) Lilly 13 s
    Cyrus W. Lilly 10 s
    Dortha Lilly 8 s
    Gracie B (or P) Lilly 6 s
    Hettie Lilly 5 s
    George W. Shrewsbury 23 m 0 years

    If the George Shrewsbury listed here is mine, then it looks as if Hazel Lilly was his wife, not his mother. Could Witford Shrewsbury be a son of George & Hazel, and could he have put the names of his own parents on George Shrewsbury's death certificate by mistake?

    George Shrewsbury's sister was Anna Atkinson. Her death certificate lists her parents' names as Wash Lilly & Armenda Lilly. Should this have been Wash "Shrewsbury"? Were Wash and Armenda married?

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    More info:

    Groom name: George W Shrewsbury
    Groom age:
    Groom estimated birth year:
    Groom birth date:
    Groom birth place:
    Bride name: Hazel Lilly
    Bride age:
    Bride estimated birth year:
    Bride birth date:
    Bride birth place:
    Event type: Marriage
    Marriage date: 1909
    Marriage place: Summers, West Virginia, United States
    Father of groom name:
    Mother of groom name:
    Father of bride name:
    Mother of bride name:
    Marital status:
    Groom previous wife name:
    Bride marital status:
    Bride previous husband name:
    Film number: 589347
    Digital GS number: 4228418
    Image number: 00058
    Reference number:
    Source: County Records
    Collection: West Virginia Marriages 1853-1970

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    From my email:

    Subject: [WVRALEIG] confusing obit for george washington shrewsbury
    Date: 3/7/2010 7:42:50 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
    From: jw11150@hotmail.com
    Reply To: wvraleig@rootsweb.com
    To: wvraleig@rootsweb.com



    Sunday Register
    Beckley, Raleigh Co., West Virginia
    Sunday Morning, July 2, 1950



    Shrewsbury Rites Scheduled Today



    Final rites for George Shrewsbury, 65, of Lester, will be held at 2:30 p. m. today, al the First Church of God of Lester with the Rev. Lucille Flory officiating.



    Burial will follow in Lester Cemetery.



    Shrewsbury died early Friday morning near Odd of shotgun wounds inflicted by his stepson.

    He was a lifelong resident of Raleigh County and was making his home with his son, Witford, at lester. Born at Besoco, Dec. 9, the son of George and Hazel Lilly Shrewsbury, he was a farmer by occupation. He was a member of the First Church of God at Lester.

    SURVIVORS INCLUDE: his wife, Gertie, and the following; children, Howard, of Crab Orchard; Witford, of Lester; Mrs. Melvin Hall, of Sprague, Mrs. Gene Church of Beckley; four stepsons, George, Howard, Lake and Junior Maxwell, all of Odd one brother, Levi Lilly; and three sisters, Mrs. Fannie Bowling, of Lillybrook. Mrs. Eddie Lilly, of Princewick, and Mrs. Allie Richmond.



    The body was removed from the Calfee Funeral Home lo the residence of the son, Witford, at p. m. Saturday.






    Father: Aron Washington Lilly b: DEC 1836 in Raleigh County, WV
    Mother: Araminta Shrewsbury b: MAY 1856 in Raleigh County, WV

    Marriage 1 Mattie Haner Tolbert b: AUG 1897 in Carroll County, VA
      Children
      1. Has Children Howard William Shrewsbury b: 22 MAR 1920 in Lillybrook, Raleigh County, WV
      2. Has Children Macie Marie Shrewsbury b: 30 MAY 1927 in Winding Gulf, Raleigh County, WV
      3. Has No Children Mavis Jane Shrewsbury b: 6 JUN 1930 in Beckley, Raleigh County, WV
      4. Has Children Anna M Tolbert b: 28 AUG 1934 in Lillybrook, Raleigh County, WV

      Marriage 2 Hazel E. Lilly b: ABT 1892 in Summers County, WV
      • Married: 17 DEC 1909 in Summers County, WV 11

      Marriage 3 Gertie Burton b: 26 JAN 1905 in Mercer County, WV
      • Married: 17 JUL 1947 in Glen View, Raleigh County, WV 12
      • Event: Presiding Official 17 JUL 1947 in Rev. Paul F. Bauman

      Sources:
      1. Title: Application for Social Security Number for Howard W. Shrewsbury
        Publication: signed October 8, 1939
        Note: received from SSA on July 17, 2000
        Text: listed parents' names
      2. Title: Buckland Family of West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland
        Author: Buckland, Timothy Lynn
        Publication: Charleston, WV: T. L. Buckland, c1988
        Note: Also found in database at: http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=woodrowmb
      3. Title: Delayed Birth Certificate for Macie Marie Shrewsbury
        Author: West Virginia Dept of Health, Division of Vital Statistics
        Publication: 24 August 1977, Charleston, WV
        Note: emailed by Jana Shrewsbury
        Text: lists father as George Washington Shrewsbury, born in WV
      4. Title: Church, Harry or Jana (skywalk@charter.net)
        Text: received info from Calfee Funeral Home, Beckley, WV, said he was born Dec 9, 1894, in Besoco, Raleigh County, WV. Death record from Raleigh County Court House indicated that his age was 65 years, 6 mos., 21 days, which indicates his year of birth was 1884. Article about his death reads that he was 67 years old at death.
      5. Title: Certificate of Death #9651, George Shrewsbury
        Author: West Virginia State Department of Health
        Publication: 1950
        Note: Informant: Witford Shrewsbury
        Text: provided date of Dec 9, 1884, born in Besoco, WV, aged 65 years, 6 months, 21 days at death
      6. Title: 1900 Raleigh County, WV Census (Slab Fork District)
        Text: living with brother-in-law Aaron Bolen, aged 13, born Nov 1886 in WV
      7. Title: Marriage License for George Shrewsbury and Gertie Rose
        Author: Raleigh County Clerk of Courts
        Publication: 7 July 1947
        Page: page 206
        Text: Lists GW Shrewsbury's birthday as December 17, 1889, born in Odd, WV
      8. Title: Church, Harry or Jana (skywalk@charter.net)
        Text: mentioned in conversation and in an email
      9. Title: Certificate of Death #9651, George Shrewsbury
        Author: West Virginia State Department of Health
        Publication: 1950
        Note: Informant: Witford Shrewsbury
        Text: provided date of June 30, 1950, in Odd, WV, aged 65 years, 6 months, 21 days at death
      10. Title: Certificate of Death #9651, George Shrewsbury
        Author: West Virginia State Department of Health
        Publication: 1950
        Note: Informant: Witford Shrewsbury
      11. Title: Register of Marriages within the County of Summers for the Year ending December 31, 1909
        Author: Summers County, WV
        Page: pg 24, line 189
        Text: 12-17: George W Shrewsbury, Hazel Shrewsbury, ages 27 & 17, both single, hus born & resides in Raleigh County, wife born & resides in Summers County, more info illegible, minister illegible.
      12. Title: Marriage License for George Shrewsbury and Gertie Rose
        Author: Raleigh County Clerk of Courts
        Publication: 7 July 1947
        Page: page 206

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