George Whitfield Axtell
Civil War veteran
b. Oct. 27, 1847, in Morristown, N.J. In 1863 he enlisted in the Union Army, and in 1864 was shot through the face, the ball taking out four teeth and nearly severing his tongue. After his discharge he learned the printer's trade and for several years was editor and proprietor of the "Brighton Citizen" at Brighton, Livingston Co, Mich. In 1880 he was elected Sheriff of Livingston County and was re-elected in 1882. On Feb. 9, 1867, he married Pauline A. Brooks at Howell, MI.
Jessie Reeve Axtell
b. Dec. 3, 1868 in Flint, Mich., m. at Mt. Pleasant, PA, Dec. 21, 1899, Albert Lloyd Colston (b. July 5, 1872 at Great Bend, PA), son of John and Alexina H. Colston, she spent her early life in Howell, Mich., entered New England Conservatory of Music at Boston, and was graduated in 1923, became head of the Music Dept. of Oahu College, Honolulu, resigned in 1926 and after a year at Ann Arbor, Mich., went to Western Pennsylvania Institute (now Music School of University of Pittsburgh); she specialized as concert and church soloist and gave up teaching, she was lecturer and recitalist for the New York City Board of Education for 15 years. Has made her residence in Howell, Mich., Honolulu, Ann Arbor, Mich., Pt. Deposit, Md., Binghamton, New York, Brooklyn, L.I., and is now living in Scarsdale, New York.
She has two daughters, Dorothy Reeve and Miriam Lloyd Colston, twins, b. Oct. 30, 1900 at Pt. Deposit, Md.
George Ford Axtell
Mechanical Engineer for Illinois Central Railroad and Westinghouse Electric &