Source: Indianapolis News 30 Aug 1879 p 1
Covington, Aug 30 – Hon. George McWilliams, a prominent lawyer and citizen, died here at 2 o’clock this morning after a lingering illness of typhoid fever, of three weeks. The Odd Fellows and Fountain County Bar will attend his funeral. George W. McWilliams was a prominent democratic politician and lawyer in the country around about Lafayette. But little, if anything, is known of his early life and parentage. Before the war he was in partnership with FG White of this city in the management of a traveling theatrical troupe and appeared on the stage in Indianapolis. On a visit to Crawfordsville the troupe disbanded and he remained there. For a time he worked at the printing trade and then studied law. In 1868 he moved to Covington and took a front rank among the attorneys there. In 1876 he was defeated for congress by Michael D. White. He was about 45 years of age and never held any public office. His wife was Miss Sue Ingersoll of Crawfordsville, a musician and composer of some ability and sister of Hon . James Wilson who died while minister to Venezuela.