Person:Hugh Mahorter (1)

m. abt 1867
  1. Mary Mahorterabt 1866 -
  2. Samuel Mahorterabt 1869 - 1870
  3. Robert Mahorter1870 -
  4. Samuel Mahorter1873 - 1876
  5. Hugh Watt Mahorter1876 - 1923
  6. Rachel Mahorterabt 1879 - 1897
m. 22 AUG 1900
  1. Beatrice Mahorter1902 - 1990
  2. Robert Gregg Mahorter1904 - 1972
Facts and Events
Name[7][8][9] Hugh Watt Mahorter
Alt Name Hugh Mahorter Watt
Gender Male
Birth[1] 16 Dec 1876 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States28th & Columbia Avenue
Census[9] 1880 Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Residence? bet 1886 and 1894 Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United StatesGirard School for Fatherless Boys
Residence? 1894 Tacony, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania7208 Wissinoming Street
Military[3] bet 7 May 1898 and 20 Aug 1898 Spanish-American War
Occupation[4] bet 1900 and 1907 Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United Statesmounted policeman
Census[8] 1900 Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Residence? Aug 1900 Tacony, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States7102 Edmund Street
Marriage 22 AUG 1900 Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniato Ellen Smelter Sayles
Residence[4] 1904 Tacony, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States7139 Edmund Street
Occupation? 1910 laborer at Colorado Fuel and Iron Company
Residence? 1910 Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United StatesCottman near Frankford Avenue
Census[5] 29 Apr 1910 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United StatesWard 5, Salvation Army Hotel
Residence[7] 1917 Craigville, Koochiching, Minnesota, United States
Census[6] 5 Jan 1920 Koochiching, Minnesota, United StatesBiteffer Road
Death[2] 16 Nov 1923 Grand Rapids, Itasca, Minnesota, United Statesof spinal cord injuries sustained in an accidental fall from a buggy, Itasca Hospital
Burial? 19 Nov 1923 Grand Rapids, Itasca, Minnesota, United States

Hugh Watt Mahorter, son of Samuel Mahorter and Sarah Gregg, was born on 16 December 1876 at 28th & Columbia Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Hugh appeared on the census of 1880 in the household of his parents at 30th and Uxford Streets, Philadelphia. Between 1886 and 1894 Hugh lived at the Girard School for Fatherless Boys in Philadelphia. In 1894 he left the school to live with his mother at 7209 Wissinoming Street, Tacony and work as a paper packer for $5 per day. On May 7, 1898, Hugh enlisted as a private in company H of the Third Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers to serve 2 years or the duration of the Spanish-American war. His military service was short, as the war ended and he was discharged on August 20 of the same year. His enlistment papers describe him as 5 feet 11 inches tall with gray eyes, light hair, and a fair complexion. At the time of his enlistment his occupation was listed as laborer. Hugh appeared on the census of 1900 in the household of his mother at 5 Cotman Street, Philadelphia.

Hugh married Ellen Smelter Sayles, daughter of Frederick James Smilter Sayles and Harriet Barlow, on 22 August 1900 in Philadelphia. After Hugh and Ellen were married, they lived with Ellen's parents at at 7102 Edmund Street, Tacony, Philadelphia County. In 1900, Hugh was working as a mounted policeman in Philadelphia's 27th District making $2.25 per day. He stayed with the mounted police until about 1907. According to family lore, Hugh left the police force rather abruptly. One night he stabled his horse as usual, but he never returned to work. Hugh and Ellen had two children: Beatrice, born 6 September 1902; and Robert, born 15 February 1904. In 1904, Hugh and Ellen lived at at 7139 Edmund Street, Tacony, Philadelphia County. Ellen and the children were listed on the 1910 census with Ellen's parents on Edmund Street in Philadelphia. Although the 1910 Philadelphia city directory listed Hugh as a surveyor and gave his address as Cottman near Frankford Avenue, Hugh appeared on the census of 1910 as a laborer named "Hugh Watt", lodging at the Salvation Army Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. Hugh often used the alias of "Hugh Watt" after leaving Philadelphia.

Hugh later became a homesteader in Minnesota. His homestead consisted of 80 unconnected acres. His mail was sent through the Craigville, Minnesota post office. Hugh fought against the lumber companies to keep them from cutting his trees, but later a tornado came through and knocked down the trees. The lumber companies then refused to buy the downed trees from Hugh. Hugh appeared on the census of 1920 as "Hugh Watt" on Biteffer Road in Koochiching County, Minnesota. He was also the census enumerator. Ellen and their children were still living in Philadelphia. According to Hugh's children, the rest of the family planned to move to Minnesota eventually.

On 11 November 1923, Hugh was injured in a fall from a buggy. He was transported to Itasca County Hospital in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, where an x-ray showed that his spinal cord had been severed by the dislocation of his 5th and 6th cervical vertebrae. His injury most likely left him mostly paralyzed, with some possible arm movement. Hugh Watt Mahorter died from his injuries on 16 November 1923 at the Itasca County Hospital at age 46. He was buried on 19 November 1923 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, most probably in an unmarked grave.

After their marriage in 1933, Hugh's son Bob and his wife Marguerite considered moving from Philadelphia to Hugh Minnesota homestead. Bob visited the property in 1935. Eventually Hugh's homestead was lost during the Depression through non-payment of taxes.

  1. Hugh Mahorter, in Registration of Births, Philadelphia Co., Pennsylvania, 173, 16 Dec 1876.

    Registration of Births in 1876, in the City of Philadelphia, page 173; when registered: [December 31]; date of birth: [Decem] 16; name of child: Hugh Mahorter; sex: [male]; color: [white]; ward: 28; place of birth: 28th & Columbia Av; names of parents: Saml & Sarah Mahorter; occupation of father: [Lab]; name of physician [A E Broomall]; residence of physician: [Womans Hosp]

  2. Hugh Mahorter, in Minnesota death certificates, death certificate 5968, 1923.
  3. Discharge papers for Hugh Mahorter.

    discharged Aug. 20, 1898. Original in possession of Hugh's daughter-in-law.

  4. 4.0 4.1 Robert Gregg Mahorter, in Return of a Birth in the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 15 Feb 1904.
  5. Hugh Watt, in United States. 1910 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T623), Census Place: Salt Lake City Ward 5, Salt Lake, Utah; Roll: T624_1607; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 145; Image: 886.

    Birth date: abt 1878; Birth place: Pennsylvania; Residence date: 1910; Residence place: Salt Lake City Ward 5, Salt Lake, Utah

  6. Hugh M. Watt, in United States. 1920 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T625), Census Place: Township 63, Koochiching, Minnesota; Roll: T625_842; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 59; Image: 325.

    Birth date: abt 1877; Birth place: Pennsylvania; Residence date: 1920; Residence place: Township 63, Koochiching, Minnesota

  7. 7.0 7.1 United States. Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. (Washington, D.C.: National Archives Microfilm Publication M1509, 1987-1988), Registration Location: Koochiching County, Minnesota; Roll: 1675514; Draft Board: 0.

    Birth date: 16 Dec 1876; Residence place: Not Stated, Koochiching, Minnesota

  8. 8.0 8.1 United States. 1900 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T624), Census Place: Philadelphia Ward 41, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Roll:  ; Page: ; Enumeration District: .

    Birth date: Dec 1876; Birth place: Pennsylvania; Residence date: 1900; Residence place: Philadelphia City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  9. 9.0 9.1 United States. 1880 U.S. Census Population Schedule, Census Place: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Roll: T9_1188; Family History Film: 1255188; Page: 415.1000; Enumeration District: 641; Image: 0852.

    Birth date: abt 1877; Birth place: Pennsylvania; Residence date: 1880; Residence place: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States