Susannah Cecil

Brief Life History of Susannah

When Susannah Cecil was born on 19 February 1777, in Augusta, Virginia, United States, her father, William Cecil, was 26 and her mother, Nancy Ann Witten, was 22. She married Alexander Sayers on 17 September 1794, in Wythe, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 3 daughters. She died in February 1851, in Tazewell, Virginia, United States, at the age of 74.

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Alexander Sayers
Susannah Cecil
Marriage: 17 September 1794
William Cecil Sayers
Samuel Drake Sayers
John Thompson Sayers
Robert Floyd Sayers
Nancy Sayers
Elizabeth "Betsy" Sayers
Dorinda Sayers
Thomas Witten Sayers
Augustus Borden Sayers

Sources (4)

  • Susy Cicel, "Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940"
  • Susy Cicel in entry for Alexander Sayers, "Virginia, Vital Records, 1715-1901"
  • Susy Cecil, "Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940"

World Events (8)

1780 · Richmond Becomes the Capital

On April 18, 1780 Richmond became the capital of Virginia. It was the temporary capital from 1780-1788.

1781 · The First Constitution

Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

Name Meaning

Welsh (Monmouthshire): from the Old Welsh personal name Seisyllt, sometimes wrongly said to derive from the Latin name Caecilius (see Sisley ). The most frequent modern spelling is a Renaissance attempt to connect the surname with Caecilius in the English pronunciation of its time. The Welsh name is more probably, but not definitely, from the Latin name Sextilius, a derivative of sextus ‘sixth’.

History: The great and powerful English Cecil family first came to prominence with David Cecil, a Monmouthshire gentleman who espoused the cause of Henry Tudor and came to court in London after the latter became king in 1485. His grandson William Cecil, Lord Burghley (1520–98), was Elizabeth I's chief adviser for 40 years, and his descendants have remained politically powerful and culturally influential in Britain ever since. They were originally minor Welsh gentry; their name is found in a variety of forms, including Sitsylt, Ceyssel, and Sisseld.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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