Jane Eliza Berthong

Female1816–29 December 1897

Brief Life History of Jane Eliza

When Jane Eliza Berthong was born in 1816, in New York, United States, her father, Col James Berthrong, was 36 and her mother, Clarissa Butler, was 31. She married Martin Webler Shapley on 4 January 1843. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Binghamton, Broome, New York, United States for about 10 years and United States in 1880. She died on 29 December 1897, at the age of 81, and was buried in Spring Forest Cemetery, Binghamton, Broome, New York, United States.

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Martin Webler Shapley
Jane Eliza Berthong
Marriage: 4 January 1843
James Edward Shapley
Charles H Shapley
Catherin Hamton
William M Shapley
Ida Shapley

Sources (5)

  • Jane Shapley in household of Martin W Shapley, "New York State Census, 1865"
  • Jane E Berthrong Shapley, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Jane E Pershing in entry for James Edward Shapley and Sarah Margaret Wallen Bay, "New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    4 January 1843
  • Children (5)

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    Siblings (2)

    World Events (7)

    1819 · Panic! of 1819

    Age 3

    With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

    1820 · Making States Equal

    Age 4

    The Missouri Compromise helped provide the entrance of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state into the United States. As part of the compromise, slavery was prohibited north of the 36°30′ parallel, excluding Missouri.


    Age 30

    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    Name Meaning

    Originally a feminine form of John , from the Old French form Je(h)anne. Since the 17th century it has proved the most popular of the feminine forms of John, ahead of Joan and Jean . It now also commonly occurs as the second element in combinations such as Sarah-Jane. In Britain it is still one of the most frequent of all girls' names. It is not a royal name, but was borne by the tragic Lady Jane Grey ( 1537–54 ), who was unwillingly proclaimed queen in 1553 , deposed nine days later, and executed the following year. Seventy years earlier, the name had come into prominence as that of Jane Shore , mistress of King Edward IV and subsequently of Thomas Grey , 1st Marquess of Dorset, Lady Jane's grandfather. Jane Shore's tribulations in 1483 at the hands of Richard III , Edward's brother and successor, became the subject of popular ballads and plays, which may well have increased the currency of the name in the 16th century. A 19th-century influence was its use as the name of the central character in Charlotte Brontë's novel Jane Eyre ( 1847 ). From 1932 to 1959 it was used as the name of a cheerful and scantily clad beauty whose adventures were chronicled in a strip cartoon in the Daily Mirror. It is also borne by the American film stars Jane Russell ( 1921–2011 ) and Jane Fonda ( b. 1937 ).

    Dictionary of First Names © Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges 1990, 2003, 2006.

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