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George F. Newell

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at EnlistGeorge F. Newell
Birth NameGeorge Fordyce Newell
Lived5 Mar 1816 - 18 Mar 1898
Birth PlaceVermont
Birth CountryUSA
Resident of Muster-InWaterford, Racine County, WI
Company at EnlistmentField Officers & Staff
Rank at EnlistmentFirst Ast. Surgeon
Muster Date17 Dec 1861
Death LocationRochester, Racine County, WI
Burial LocationOak Hill Cemetery, Lake Geneva, Walworth County, WI
MotherSophia Cowee
Mother Lived11 Jan 1795- 19 Aug 1866
FatherOliver Newell
Father Lived30 Jan 1788- 3 Oct 1865
SpouseDelia Sproat
Spouse Lived16 Jan 1823- 2 Mar 1877
2nd SpouseEvelyn Berenger Rockwell
2nd Spouse Lived18 Oct 1832- 10 Feb 1923
2nd Marriage Date1 Jan 1878
2nd Marriage LocationWaupaca, WI

George Fordyce Newell was born in Vermont to Dr. Oliver Newell and Sophia Cowee. He graduated from Castleton Medical College in Castleton, VT. He married Delia Sproat of VT at an unknown date and set up his own medical practice in Waterford, Racine County, WI in 1842. He also served on the Territorial Legislature of WI before it became a state in 1848.

G.F. Newell joined the WI 15th Infantry, Field and Staff. The army listed him as living in Waterford, Racine County, WI. Newell was commissioned as an officer on December 17, 1861. He worked as an Assistant Surgeon. Newell resigned on October 6 1862 to become WI state’s assistant surgeon.

After the war, he returned to private practice in Waterford, WI. According to a biography of Newell, “He took care of many soldiers’ widows, never charging them for medical assistance.” He and Delia had five children, including Henry Boyd (1845), Ellen/Nellie B. (1847), and George E. (1851). George and Henry both became doctors.

Delia died on March 2, 1877. On January 1, 1878, Newell married for the second time to Evelyn Berenger Rockwell in Waupaca, WI. In May 1883, they relocated to Cooperstown, Griggs County, ND. He opened a drugstore, which he operated for five years. In 1890, he had a stroke, and they moved back to Rochester, Racine County, WI. Newell died on March 18, 1898 and is buried next to Delia in Rochester Cemetery in Racine. His second wife died on February 10, 1923 and is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Lake Geneva, Walworth County, WI.


Sources: WHS Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.2; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.330;; Commemorative Biographical Record of Prominent and Representative Men, by J.H. Beers and Co. p.562;; 1860 Census, Roll: M653_1427; Page: 895; Image: 513; Family History Library Film: 805427; 1870 Census, Roll: M593_1733; Page: 507A; Image: 631; Family History Library Film: 553232; 1880 Census, Roll: 1443; Family History Film: 1255443; Page: 529A; Enumeration District: 170; Wisconsin Marriages, Vol.2, p.226.