Birth: Nov. 11, 1855
South Carolina, USA
Death: Oct. 17, 1908
George John Hussel was the only son of Christian H. Hussel and his wife, Caroline Bappler. Both of his parents were born in Germany. George and his three sisters spent their childhood in New Hanover County, North Carolina, where their father worked as a shoemaker, grocer and farmer.
Soon after his father died in 1883, George moved his mother to Charleston, South Carolina, where he worked as a clerk. After her death he married the widowed Madalina Cocowitch Grooms in 1893. Through the marriage he became the stepfather of Margaret Elizabeth "Maggie" Grooms, 7. In May 1894, the family added a daughter, Wilhelmina Christine Hussel, who was born in Summerville.
About 1900, the family moved to Dunnellon, Florida, to be closer to Madalina's two brothers. By 1905, George held business licenses and was serving as town clerk and tax assessor.
On 26 Oct 1908, The Ocala Evening Star, published an article on Page 1 in Ocala, Marion County, Florida, about George Hussel's unexpected death and removal to Summerville, South Carolina. At Boone Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery he rests among relatives of his wife.
"Death of George J. Hussel
"Our community was shocked to learn last Sunday that George J. Hussel had died the night before ten o'clock. Although he had been ill for some time it was not thought that he was so seriously ill, and his death was indeed a shock and surprise to the community. Paralysis was the cause of his death. Mr. Hussel was born in Charleston, S. C., on Nov. 11, 1855; had been a resident of Dunnellon for many years, and no one of our citizens was held in higher esteem than he. He was a member of Woodsmen of the World and Knights of Pythias, and was active in the workings of the lodges until his death. Services were held over the remains Sunday morning at the Masonic hall where a host of friends and society brothers gathered to pay tribute of respect to the dead, and offer condolence to the bereaved ones. The body was carried to Summerville, S. C., on the noon train where it was laid to rest. He leaves a wife, Mrs. Madalina Hussel, and one daughter, Miss Wilhelmina Hussel."