Axtell One Name Study
See also
William AXTELL's sister: Marion Victory AXTELL (1861?- )

Family of William Henry AXTELL and Frances S. CLEVELAND

Husband: William Henry AXTELL (1863-1927)
Wife: Frances S. CLEVELAND (1866- )
Children: Ruth AXTELL (1892- )
Frances AXTELL (1901- )
Marriage 11 Jun 1891 Prophetstown, Whiteside County, Illinois, USA

Husband: William Henry AXTELL

Name: William Henry AXTELL 1
Sex: Male
Father: Henry Birchfield AXTELL (1837-1863)
Mother: Harriet A. LEWIS ( - )
Birth 18 Apr 1863 Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana, USA
Death 27 May 1927 (age 64) USA
Occupation Doctor

Wife: Frances S. CLEVELAND

Name: Frances S. CLEVELAND 1
Sex: Female
Father: -
Mother: -
Birth 12 Jun 1866 USA

Child 1: Ruth AXTELL

Name: Ruth AXTELL 1
Sex: Female
Spouse: Frank BURNET ( - )
Birth 28 Sep 1892 Tipton, Tipton County, Indiana, USA

Child 2: Frances AXTELL

Name: Frances AXTELL 1
Sex: Female
Spouse: Francis D. GROVE ( - )
Birth 23 Jul 1901 Bellingham, Whatcom County, Washington, USA

Note on Husband: William Henry AXTELL (1)

b. at Richmond, Ind. April 18, 1863. he married at Prophetstown, Ill., on June 11, 1891, Frances S. Cleveland. b. June 12, 1866, daughter of William A.and Mary Cleveland. He practiced medicine in Bellingham, Wash. from 1894 until his death on May 27, 1927, except during the time of his service in the World War I, from which he returned with the rank of Major. [axb45.ged]

Note on Husband: William Henry AXTELL (2)



Among the successful physicians of Whatcom county is Dr. William Henry Axtell, who is now practicing in the county seat. He was born April 18, 1863, in Tipton, Indiana. His father, Henry Axtell, was a native of Pennsylvania. His ancestors located in the United States when this country was numbered among the colonial possessions of England. Representatives of the name joined the American army at the time of the Revolutionary war and fought for the independence of the colonies. The father of our subject was a farmer by occupation and carried on agricultural pursuits until the outbreak of the Civil war, when he offered his services to the government, enlisting in the Union army. He died while in the service, on the 26th of February, 1863. His brother, William, and his brother-in-law, Jesse Whistler, were killed in the battle of Memphis, near Baton Rouge, while he himself died at Young's Point, Louisiana. The mother bore the maiden name of Harriet Ann Lewis, and was born in Indiana. She, too, came of Revolutionary stock and was of English descent. She still survives her husband, and is now living at the old home in Tipton, Indiana. In the family were two sons, one of whom, Marion Vickery Axtell, is a contractor of Tipton. Dr. Axtell, of Whatcom, obtained his education in the public schools and was graduated from DePauw University, then known as Asbury University, of Greencastle, Indiana. He completed his course in 1889 and won the degrees of Bachelor of Philosophy and Master of Arts. Long prior to this time, however, he entered upon his business career. When only eleven years of age he left the public schools and went to work in a stave factory, driving a team and doing railroad work in that connection. In 1883 he joined his brother and purchased the business of the Tipton Transfer Company, changing the name to the Axtell Brothers' bus and dray line. In this way the Doctor earned enough to pay his college expenses. He was also express and transfer agent for the United States Express Company. After acquiring a good literary education to serve as the foundation upon which to rear the superstructure of his professional learning, he entered the Medical College of Ohio, at Cincinnati, where he remained from 1889 until the time of his graduation in April, 1891, with the degree of M. D.


Dr. Axtell located at once in Tipton, Indiana, where he began practice as a. member of the firm of Newcomer, Dickey & Axtell. This relation was maintained until 1894, when he came to Whatcom, having since made his home in this city. He is a member of the American Medical Association and was one of the organizers of the Whatcom County Medical Society, of which he served as the president for one year. He also belongs to the Washington State Medical Association, and is interested in whatever tends to bring to man the key to that complex mystery which we call life. His reading has covered a wide scope and his investigations in his line have made him a particularly capable physician. He is now medical examiner for a number of fraternal organizations and for several life insurance companies, including the Massachusetts Mutual, the Prudential, the Connecticut Mutual, the Aetna, the National Life, the Bankers' Life, the State Life, the Pacific Mutual and the Provident Life Insurance Company. He is likewise surgeon for the Northern Railway & Improvement Company and Northern Pacific Railway and for other corporations, and in addition to all these he has an extensive private practice.


On the 11th of June, 1891, Dr. Axtell wedded Miss Frances Sevilla Cleveland, of Sterling, Illinois, a daughter of William A. Cleveland, a farmer and stock-raiser of that state. This marriage has been blessed with two daughters, Ruth and Helen Frances. The father exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the Republican party, and served as city health officer of Tipton for three years. He has, however, never been an office-seeker nor sought reward for his party fealty. He belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church, and is an enthusiastic worker in behalf of any movement for the benefit of his community. His time and attention are naturally most largely given to his professional duties, and therein he shows himself ably qualified to perform the arduous task which continually confronts the physician in his attempt to alleviate human suffering and prolong life. He has, moreover, a genial, kindly nature which is manifested in his ready and helpful sympathy.


From "A History of the Puget Sound Country" by Col. William F. Prosser, Lewis Publishing 1903, pages 313-314; copied by Matt Aamott.2

Note on Wife: Frances S. CLEVELAND

daughter of William A. and Mary Cleveland.


1Daniel Gibson Axtell, "Axb45.ged" (File from www.axtellfamily.org).
2"The Us Gen Web (Dr William Henry Axtell)" (http://theusgenweb.org/w a/whatcom/bios/bios1.htm).
The US Gen Web. Web: http://www.theusgenweb.org/.