George Lytle was a practicing druggist in New Boston in 1880. We have posted an advertisement for his store on the Medicine Page linked above under druggists in Mercer County. His son Charles is also included on the Medicine Page as he was a physician in Mercer County. The History of Mercer County, 1882, indicates he was also town clerk for New Boston for a period of one year and that he was W.M. (first officer) of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons in 1882 in New Boston.
George Lytle was the son of Andrew and Nancy Lytle of Pennsylvania as documented in the 1850 census in LeBoueff, Eerie County, Pennsylvania: #61 Andrew Lytle, farmer, 44, born Pa; Nancy, 41, born Pa; Rolin, 18, farmer, Pa; David, 16, laborer, born Pa; Robert, 13, born Pa; George 11, born Pa; Henry, 9, born Pa. The family is still found there in 1860: Le Boeff, Erie Co, Pa, #622: Andrew Lytle, 54, farmer, Pa; Nancy A, 50, Pa; George, 21, Pa; Henry, 19, Pa; Chas, 8, Pa; Frances, 4, Pa; Eliza Manigan, 20, domestic. Next door at #623 is James Lytle, 25, farmer, Pa (same as David in 1850?), Mary, 25, Pa; Gertrude, 4, Pa.
George’s brother Robert, age 13 in 1850 was the first to migrate to Mercer County and is found in 1860 in New Boston as Robert P. Lytle, 21, bookkeeper, born Pa. He was bookkeeper for Wells Willits. Robert had moved to Decatur, Macon, Il by 1880 and had a wife Elizabeth. The age is a little off to be George’s brother but Robert enlisted from New Boston as a 1st Lt in Co B, 27th Il Regiment on 16 November 1861 and his age is given as 25 in that record which would match more closely with the 1850 census record. Robert was promoted to full Captain on 11 Jun 1862 and mustered out on 29 Sept 1864 at Camp Butler, Springfield, Ill.
By 1870 George had arrived in New Boston and is found as #62 George Lytle, 31, clerk in store, born Pa; wife Hortense, age 30, born NY, and son Harry B. Lytle, age 1, born Il. He is directly next door to David Kirlin, Furniture Dealer, and that may be the store he worked in. George was in Mercer County by at least 1866 where he married Hortense A. Vancoter on 21 May 1866. We were unable to discover any information about Hortense’s family but her children do consistently give her as born New York.
Hortense Vancoter Lytle died died August 26, 1877 and is buried in New Boston Cemetery in the Lytle family plot. Small son Harry, given in the 1870 census died January 12, 1873 at the age of 3 years, 2 mo and is buried in New Boston Cemetery. George and Hortense had another son Charles F. Lytle, born November 1873, in New Boston Township. Charles is listed at home in 1900 in New Boston, age 26, and a physician. We have included him on the Medicine page under physicians.
George Lytle married again on November 26, 1878 in Cook County (probably Chicago). His wife was Mary Best, born April 1855 in England and came to America in 1857. George and Mary Best Lytle had a daughter, Grace A. Lytle, born July 1885. The family is found in 1880 in New Boston: #79 George Lytle, 41, keeps drug store, born Pa, parents born Pa; Mary B., 29, born England, parents born England, C. Fred, 7, Il, father born Pa, mother born NY. They are found again in 1900 in New Boston: #233 George Lytle, born April 1840, 60, married 20 yr, born Pa, parents Pa, druggist; Mary, born April 1855 England, parents born England, 1 child born, 1 living: Charles F., born November 1873, 26, Il, Pa, NY, Physician; Grace A., daughter, born July 1885, 14, Il, Pa, Eng.
George Lytle is buried in New Boston Cemetery, next to wife Hortense. His tombstone reads 1840-1910. Next to Hortense is Mary Best Lytle 1851-1912; then Harry, son of George and Hortense, died Jan 12, 1873, age 3 yr 2 mo.
As is our custom on these pages we have not traced the family past 1900.