George Newton McKenzie

George Newton McKenzie

Male 1884 - 1913  (28 years)

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  • Name George Newton McKenzie 
    Born 8 Jul 1884  Rawlings, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 May 1913  Rawlings, Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • In Memoriam

      George N. McKenzie

      George N. McKenzie, who departed this life April 23, 1913.
      George was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John T. (sic) McKenzie of Ridgeley, and was a quiet and industrious young man. He was loved by all who knew him for his quiet and genial disposition. He leaves to mourn his loss five little children, a father and mother and two sisters, Mrs. Joseph Monnett, of Patterson?s Creek, and Mrs. William C. Rowe, of Ridgeley, W. Va.

      Dearest brother, thou hast left us,
      But we calmly watch and wait
      For the time when we like thee,
      Can Pass within that golden gate,
      Yes, again we hope to meet thee,
      When the days of life have fled,
      And in heaven we hope to meet thee
      Where no farewell tears are shed
      Loved in life and remembered in death.

      -By His Two Sisters

      Courtesy of Ray Leidinger


      George Newton McKenzie

      George Newton McKenzie, the third child of John Franklin McKenzie and Mary Virginia Smith was born in Rawlings, Maryland on 17 AUG 1884. He married 23 SEPT 1904 Cara Blanch Robison in Midland, Maryland. Pastor F. P. Mackall presided over the ceremony. (1) Together they had five children:

      1.Lester Franklin McKenzie
      Born 15 APR 1905 in Rawlings, Maryland
      Married ClaraBelle Edenhart 20 APR 1924 in Keyser, West Virginia
      Had child Donald Richard
      Died 23 JUN 1963 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      2.George (Leo) McKenzie
      Born 1906
      Married Mary Madeline Lohere
      Had child Vivian
      Died May 1960 in Baltimore, Maryland

      3.Gladys Elouise McKenzie
      Born 3 SEPT 1908
      Married Albert ?Pat? Muhl
      Had children Helen, Elouise and Verna
      Died March 15, 1982 in Glen Burnie, Maryland

      4.Riley McKenzie
      Born 31 MAR 1909
      Married Anna Margaret Rittmeyer
      Had children Margaret, Helen, Riley, Eleanor and John
      Died 2 May 1974 in Glen Burnie, Maryland

      5.Carl I. McKenzie
      Born 29 APR 1912
      Married Dorothy Mildred Wade
      Had children Linda, Betty and Carl
      Died 16 APR 1964


      Based upon a study of the 1860 census records, it appears that George Newton McKenzie was named after the two younger brothers of John Franklin McKenzie. John Franklin?s two younger brothers were named George and Newton, respectively.

      The 1910 Federal Census showed that George and Cara Blanch were living in the vicinity of Rawlings, Maryland. (2) George was reported to be 25 years old and Carry (sic) B. was 22 years old. They had three children, Lester F., age 5, George L., age 4, and Gladys, age 2. The two of them had been married five years. George listed his occupation as a laborer on the steam railroad and Cara was not employed. Both of them could read and write and they were renting the house in which they resided.

      George Newton McKenzie was a track man for the B&O Railroad at the time of his death on 10 May 1913. The cause of death was suicide. His death certificate (3) reports that he cut his throat with a razor. He reportedly is buried in Cresaptown, Maryland.

      Thanks to the courtesy of Sheryl Kelso, the author obtained two obituaries in December, 2010 for George Newton McKenzie. They read as follows:

      McKenzie, George

      George McKenzie, who was found dead near his home at Rawlings, Maryland early Saturday morning was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank McKenzie of Ridgeley, W. Va., and also a brother of Mrs. William Rowe and Mrs. Joseph Monnett. He left home about two weeks ago, without saying anything as to his purpose, but his wife supposed he had gone on a trip he had been planning for some time. Friday his dead body was located by a neighbor, who was passing along the river near Rawlings, and was attracted into the bushes by the roadside by the awful stench of the decomposing body. McKenzie had cut his throat with a razor and the instrument of death was found by his side. He had several times threatened to destroy himself, but no cause is given. He left a wife and several children. The McKenzies about Keyser, among our most highly respected citizens, are relatives. (4)

      McKenzie, George

      His throat cut from ear to ear, the decomposed body of George McKenzie, 35 years old, a B&O track hand, was found lying in a clump of bushes in the woods near Rawlings at 8:00 o?clock this morning by J.E. Shepherd, a woodsman. Beside the body lay an open razor, rusted and blood stained. From the position of the weapon beside the body, it is supposed Mr. McKenzie committed suicide. Shepherd came to Rawlings and Coroner William Shaw was notified. He and undertaker, John Wolford, left at 11:00 am to get the body. McKenzie had been missing from home for the last few weeks, and his wife and five children have been greatly alarmed over his disappearance. The McKenzie home is about a half mile from Rawlings. For a number of years, McKenzie has been employed by the B&O as a member of a track gang working at that place. It is said that he had been in bad health as of late and had not been working. Frank McKenzie, father of the dead man lives in this city, being employed as driver of one of the city sweepers.


      When Michael A. McKenzie attempted to interview Clarabelle McKenzie (wife of Lester Franklin McKenzie and son of George Newton McKenzie) in 1979 about family genealogy matters, she adamantly refused to speak with him about the subject, shook her head and said ?you?re just trying to dig up dirt?. Mystified at the time, Michael McKenzie simply let the subject drop and never spoke with her again about family history matters. Now that the death certificate and obituary of George Newton McKenzie and John Franklin McKenzie, respectively, have been discovered, it is quite apparent that ?the dirt? she was referring to was the fact that two consecutive generations of McKenzies within our direct lineage ended their lives by committing suicide.

      Following George Newton?s death in 1913, Cara Blanch married William H. Reese. Together they had five children, all of whom were born before Lester Franklin married ClaraBelle Edenhart in 1924:

      1.William H. Reese, Jr.
      Born 31 JAN 1915
      Died March 31, 1974 in Brooklyn, Maryland

      2.Margaret A. Reese
      Born 20 APR 1916
      Married William Fred Kaline, Sr.
      Had children William, Jr., and Peggy
      Died 5 FEB 1977

      3.Flora Helena Reese
      Born 12 FEB 1918 in Ridgeley, West Virginia
      Married John Blockinger in 1941
      Died 7 APR 1989 in Annapolis, Maryland

      4.Elsie May Reese
      Born 8 AUG 1919
      Married Leroy Russell
      Had children Elsie M., Thomas Leroy, Rebecca Lee
      Died 19 JUN 1979 in Meadow Ridge, Dorsey, Maryland

      5.Vivian Elizabeth Reese
      Born 4 AUG 1921 in Ridgeley, West Virginia
      Married Pete Radulewicz
      Had children William S. and Peter T.
      Died 26 JULY 1979 in North Arundel, Maryland

      Endnotes

      1. Allegany County Recorder of Marriages, Volume 10, page 174

      2. Census information for the State of Maryland, Rawlings District, Supervisor?s District 5, Enumeration District 6, taken on April 18, 1910.

      3. George Newton McKenzie?s death certificate is contained as an attachment in this family history. It was obtained from the State of Maryland.

      4. Mineral Daily News, May 14, 1913 (Courtesy of Patti McDonald and Sheryl Kelso).

      5. Cumberland Press and Mineral Daily News, May 23, 1913 (courtesy of Patti McDonald and Sheryl Kelso);


      George M Mckenzie
      United States Census, 1910
      Name:George M Mckenzie
      Event Type:Census
      Event Year:1910
      Event Place:Rawlings, Allegany, Maryland, United States
      Gender:Male
      Age:25
      Marital Status:Married
      Race:White
      Race (Original):White
      Relationship to Head of Household:Head
      Relationship to Head of Household (Original):Head
      Birth Year (Estimated):1885
      Birthplace:Maryland
      Father's Birthplace:Maryland
      Mother's Birthplace:Pennsylvania
      HouseholdRoleGenderAgeBirthplace
      George M MckenzieHeadM25Maryland
      Carry B MckenzieWifeF22Maryland
      Lester F MckenzieSonM5Maryland
      George L MckenzieSonM4Maryland
      Gladys A MckenzieDaughterF2Maryland
      George B RobinsonBoarderM18Maryland
      District: 6 , Sheet Number and Letter: 2B , Household ID: 32 , Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) , Affiliate Publication Number: M1283 , GS Film number: 1374562 , Digital Folder Number: 004330018 , Image Number: 00141
    Person ID I00061  McKenzie Genealogy
    Last Modified 7 Jun 2017 

    Father John Frank(lin) McKenzie,   b. 1852, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Oct 1916, Ridgeley, Mineral County, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Mary Virginia Smith,   b. 19 Dec 1855, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Oct 1922, Cumberland, Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 4 Apr 1877  Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F00074  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Cara Blanche Robison,   b. 18 Aug 1885, Rawlings (Blackoak), Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1963, Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 23 Sep 1904  Midland, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Found at Courthouse. George married Carrie Blanch Robison on Sept. 23, 1904. Both were from Rawlings, Maryland. Recorder of Marriages, page 174, Volume 10.
      Pastor F.P. Mackall presided.
    Children 
     1. Lester Franklin McKenzie,   b. 15 Apr 1905, Rawlings, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jun 1963, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)  [natural]
     2. George Leo McKenzie,   b. 15 Oct 1905, Rawlings, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 May 1960, Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)  [natural]
     3. Gladys Elouise McKenzie,   b. 3 Sep 1908, Rawlings, Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Mar 1982, Glen Burnie, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)  [natural]
     4. Riley McKenzie,   b. 31 Mar 1909, Rawlings, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 May 1974, Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)  [natural]
     5. Carl Irvin McKenzie,   b. 29 Apr 1912, Rawlings, Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Apr 1964, Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 7 Jun 2017 
    Family ID F00031  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    Marriage Certificate of George Newton McKenzie (b. 1884) and Carrie Blanche Robison
    Marriage Certificate of George Newton McKenzie (b. 1884) and Carrie Blanche Robison
    Allegany County, Maryland Records
    1910 Census Allegany County, Maryland (George Newton McKenzie b. 1884)
    1910 Census Allegany County, Maryland (George Newton McKenzie b. 1884)
    Rawlings, Enumeration District 6, Roll: T624_549 Page 2B Image 138
    Death Certificate of Cara Blanche Robison McKenzie Reese (wife of George Newton McKenzie b. 1884)
    Death Certificate of Cara Blanche Robison McKenzie Reese (wife of George Newton McKenzie b. 1884)
    Maryland State Archives, Baltimore City, Certificate #63-02555
    John Frank McKenzie Death Newspaper Article (b. 1852)
    John Frank McKenzie Death Newspaper Article (b. 1852)
    Cumberland Evening Times, Saturday, October 28, 1916. This suicide occurred on the heels of the suicide of John Frank's son, George Newton McKenzie, just a few years earlier. When Michael McKenzie, editor of this site, asked his grandmother, Clara Belle Edenhart McKenzie in 1979 to tell him some family history, she shook her head vigorously and said "I'm not going to tell you anything. You're just trying to dig up dirt." Hence, Michael had to dig for years to find out just what that dirt consisted of. Clara Belle's husband was, Lester Franklin McKenzie, who lost his father and then his grandfather in just a few year span of time, both as a result of suicide.
    Death Certificate of George Newton McKenzie (b. 1884)
    Death Certificate of George Newton McKenzie (b. 1884)
    Maryland State Archives


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