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From: "Jane Tripp" <>
Subject: Re: [PLATT] George W. Platt (1839-1899) update information forGeorge's parents Richard & Mary Cline Platt
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 01:15:05 -0600

Additional information from another census & Find-A-Grave

Forgot to look for siblings of George W Platt before I sent my 1st message.

This is an update

Found the family in 1870, filling in my US census records.

1870 census Rock Island City, Rock Island Co., IL

Platt family

Mary; 55 [1815]; b PA

Helen; 27 [1843]; School Teacher; b OH

Mary; 25 [1845]; School Teacher; b OH

Walter; 19 [1851]; app to Druggist; b NY

Laura; 18 [1852]; b NY

Matilda; 14 [1856]; b NY

Emma; 11 [1859]; b NY

Previously I had Mary with a husband in Iowa in 1860 & a widow in Illinois
in 1880.

This 1870 census led me to look for the death of Richard Platt in Rock
Island Co., IL.

Find-A-Grave has his record created by Emily Bush April 2013.

Richard PLATT

B 1810; d 1862; bur Chippiannock Cemetery, Rock Island, Rock Island, IL

I transcribed Emily Bush's photo of Platt's headstone as


Richard 1810-1862

Mary Cline 1814-1882

George W. 1839-1899

Matilda P. 1855-1952

George P. 1882-1923

If Cline is Mary's maiden name, that would tell us the parents of George W
Platt are Richard Platt (1810-1862 b NY)

And Mary Cline (1814-1882 b PA).

Are these names in the Platt book?

Regards, Jane Tripp


From: Jane Tripp [mailto:]
Sent: Saturday, November 15, 2014 12:53 AM
To: 'Richard N. Platt, Jr.'; ''; '
Subject: RE: [PLATT] George W. Platt (1839-1899)

Dick Platt wrote --

Friday, November 14, 2014 11:30 AM

To: <mailto:> [platt];

Subject: [PLATT] George W. Platt (1839-1899)

Hi Cousins,

I've gotten a query from a professor of art history who is researching
George W. Platt (1839-1899) who is noted for trompe l'oeil paintings and
still lifes of fruit and flowers - in the Chicago and Denver areas,

I have a long list of George W. Platts but haven't been able to locate this
fellow yet. Does anyone out there know anything about him?

Best wishes,

Dick Platt


Richard N. Platt, Jr.

132 Platt Lane

Milford, CT 06461-2054

(203) 878-6094


richard(dot)platt(dot)sm(dot)55(at)aya(dot)yale(dot)edu (permanent alias) <>;


Blessed are the flexible, for they shall never be bent out of shape.



Here is a bit on George W. Platt ---

Of course, read that *A* fella named George W. Platt, but I think this fella
is the same artist.

Here the URL to a nice write up from 2006 on George W. Platt (1839-1899).

Reads like much of this article is based on his obit typed below.

I do believe he was born not in Rochester, NY. But in Philadelphia, PA to
Richard (b cir 1810 NY) & Mary Platt (b cir 1815 PA).

The author is a professor from Arizona State University, Aleksandra

This bio has Platt's birth in Rochester, New York in 1939 and death in
Denver, Colorado in 1899.

Platt has a few trips out of the country to further his art studies.

Platt has a passport application from Aug 31, 1871 where he states he was
born July 27, 1839 in Philadelphia.

1850 census- Rochester City, Monroe Co., NY

PLATT family

Richard; 40 [1810]; Gilder; b NY

Mary; 35 [1815]; b PA

George W; 11 [1839]; b PA

Helen; 9 [1841]; b OH

Mary; 7 [1843]; b OH

Henry Clay; 5 [1845]; b OH

Charles T; 3 [1847]; b OH

Ellen; 1 [1849]; b NY

1855 New York State census City of Rochester, Monroe Co., NY

Platt family, residence of Rochester for 7 years

Richard; 45 [1810]; Gilder; b NY

Mary; 40 [1815]; wife; b PA

George W; 15 [1840]; b PA

Helen; 14 [1841]; b OH

Mary; 11 [1844]; b OH

Henry C; 10 [1845]; b OH

Charles T; 8 [1847]; b OH

Ella; 6 [1849]; b Erie Co., NY

Walter; 4 [1851]; b Monroe Co., NY

Laura; 3 [1853]; b Monroe Co., NY

1860 census - City of Davenport, Scott Co., IA

PLATT family

Richard; 48 [1812]; Gilder; b NY

Mary; 46 [1814]; b PA

George W; 20 [1840]; Gilder; b PA

Helen' 19 [1841]; b OH

Mary; 16 [1844]; b OH

Henry; 14 [1846]; b OH

Charles; 13 [1847]; b OH

Ella; 11 [1849]; b NY

Walter; 9 [1851]; b NY

Laura; 7 [1853]; b NY

Matilda; 5 [1855]; b NY

Emma; 1 [1859]; b NY

1880 census Rock Island, Rock Island Co., IL

Platt family

Mary; 64 [1816]; widow; b PA, fb PA, mb PA

George W; 39 [1841]; son; Artist; b PA, fb PA, mb PA

Harry; 37 [1843]; son; Printer; b OH, fb PA, mb PA

Mary; 35 [1845]; dau School Teacher; b OH, fb PA, mb PA

Emma; 20 [1860]; dau; at home; b NY, fb PA, mb PA

There is an arrival of a George W. Platt on 08-21-1874 in New York harbor
from Bremen, Germany and Southampton, England. The image is very blurry, but
I think the something like "eventually ending up in " field has Rock Island
handwritten. The occupation looks like merchant, same as many other


An obit was printed in the Denver Post Monday September 18, 1899 a sketch of
him is added (Genealogy Bank)


George W. Platt, the successful Denver artist, died Saturday at his home,
368 Pearl street, after a short illness. Mr. Platt came to Denver twelve
years ago from Chicago., where he was the professor of an enviable
reputation as a portrait painter, and during his life here he has filled a
number of orders for work from Chicago. His strong forte has always been in
portrait and fruit work.

Two years ago the artist had his studio in the Kittredge building, but since
the purchase of his Pearl street home he has kept his studio there; its
walls are hung with exquisite paintings.

Mr. Platt was born in Rochester, N. Y., July 16, 1839. He attended the
common schools of his native city and later graduated from the Rochester
university. He was an art student from his twelfth year. Leaving Rochester
he entered the Philadelphia Acadamy of Fine Arts, remaining there for five
years, in which time he won enviable distinction for his work.

He traveled with Powell's government geological survey on the plains and in
the Rocky Mountains and was the official artist and draughtsman for the
expedition. After his labors for the government ceased he went to Europe and
studied for five years the great masterpieces of Germany and Italy. He
studied at Venice and was for three years a zealous student at the Royal
academy at Munich, Bavaria. His excursions in the mountains of the Tyrol and
among the forests of Germany were prolific in results to the young and
ambitious student.

Among his associates at Munich were such men as Shirlaw, Chase and Freer,
who have since achieved a national reputation. His instructor was the
celebrated Alexander Wagner. Coming from Europe he established himself in
New York city where began pictures which have given him a national
reputation for portrait and still work.

Removing to Chicago his success continued. He delivered lectures before the
art institute there and in nearly all of the large cities. It was while in
Chicago that he fell in love and married his favorite pupil, a Southern
girl, Ella Wheeler, who came to Chicago to study art. Their's has been a
happy companionship, his wife quickly catching the inspiration for good work
which was emphasized in the master's products.

He took an especial interest in all kinds of educational work, being
president of the Evolution club of Chicago, an honorary life member of the
Denver Philosophical society, a member of the Colorado Art club, the Denver
Whist club and the Union league. He was professor of art of the Denver
Chautauqua for three years and was also professor of art in the University
of Denver School of Art.

Mr. Platt loved art. It was his lifelong work. He excelled in both
portraiture and still life. He has painted some of the great men of this
generation. In Denver his portraits of H. C. Brown, W. W. Montelius, A. R.
Pierce, Dr. Illes, Mrs, Sheedy and others are striking demonstrations of
portrait and figure painting.

Mr. Platt's latest picture is the "Maiden Flora," of the style of the French
school. It shows his power of artistic creation while impressing the
onlooker with the naturalness of flower and foliage. The sympathy extended
to Mrs. Platt in her bereavement is not confined to Colorado. The artist
hated shams, he worshiped truth, and hnis gentle disposition combined with
extreme modesty won him many admirers and friends.

The funeral arrangements will be announced later.


A March 30, 1903 article discusses the last of his art sold by his brother
W. D. Platt. He matches the Walter in the census records above.

1900 census Denver City, Arapahoe Co., CO; 368 Pearl Street

PLATT, Ella; 39, b March 1861 Ohio; widow; No children; Artist; fb Germany,
mb Ohio

A 2013 article in Denver Magazine is about the Denver guide to South Pearl
Street, the epicenter of Platt Park. Maybe some Denver folks will know about
the history of Platt Park and let us know if this is named after George W
&/or is wife Ella.

Last bit ---

A) Dick Platt's 02-03-2005 post to the Platt surname forum at
# 1538 ---

Donald J. Platt of Frankston, TX, writes that a painting by George W. PLATT
(1839-1899) was recently sold to a private collector for several thousand
dollars. The painting is entitled, "A Handful of Flowers," and dated 1879.
George W. Platt is noted for his trompe-l'oeil still lifes. The only
biographical information we have been able to collect on him is his dates,
and we have been unable to make a connection. Can anyone provide it?

B) The reply 04-27-2005, # 1567 by Connie Gantz (contains different
information from what I found - see my above 1880 census) ----

I have secondhand knowledge of George W. Platt through my ggg-grandfather's
diary entries. My ggg-grandfather, Robert N. Tate, was an early partner of
John Deere. Tate retired in the early 1860s and took up art as his
hobby/profession. His good friend and fellow artist was George W. Platt, of
whom you inquired. I know this because my ggg-grandfather kept a diary that
mentions George numerous times. At <>;
you can find a short bio sketch of George. Beyond that, he is found in the
1880 census, in Rock Island, IL. A lucky break for you, he is living with
his father, Henry Platt. Both father and son were born in PA, as were
Henry's parents. George's siblings, in the same 1880 census/household, are
Harry, Mary, and Emma. Hope that helps connect him to the Platt family tree
somehow. An entry from my ggg-grandfather's diary on May 24th, 1867: Mr.
George Steel, together with his son and grandson called to see me. Alex goes
to Denver soon. George Platt sold them his fruit piece and the portrait of
Alex's father, George Steel, and took for his pay a bookcase and a center
table." Classic case of the starving artist -- bet he'd be shocked to know
how valuable his paintings have become!

Regards, Jane Tripp

If you think you have it tough, read history.

----- Bill Maher


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