William McKenzie Hessenflow

Male3 April 1829–5 May 1909

Brief Life History of William McKenzie

When William McKenzie Hessenflow was born on 3 April 1829, in Indiana, United States, his father, Joseph Hessenflow, was 50 and his mother, Elizabeth Essley, was 37. He married Eliza Jane Crawford on 25 May 1850, in Van Buren, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Cream Ridge, Livingston, Missouri, United States in 1880 and Fishing River Township, Clay, Missouri, United States for about 10 years. He died on 5 May 1909, in Excelsior Springs, Clay, Missouri, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Salem Christian Union Church Cemetery, Excelsior Springs, Clay, Missouri, United States.

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William McKenzie Hessenflow
Eliza Jane Crawford
Marriage: 25 May 1850
Mary A. Hessenflow
Samuel J. Hessenflow
Louis Frank Hessenflow
Norris Vinyard Hessenflow
Lovisa Jane Hessenflow
Samantha Lou Ellen Hessenflow
Samantha S. Hessenflow
Albert Hessenflow
Minnie Viola Hessenflow

Sources (12)

  • William W Hesenflow, "United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War, 1890"
  • William Hessenflow, "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934"
  • William McKenzie Hessenflow, "Find A Grave Index"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    25 May 1850Van Buren, Iowa, United States
  • Children (9)

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    World Events (8)

    1830 · The Second Great Awakening

    Age 1

    Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

    1836 · The Massive Internal Improvements Act

    Age 7

    The Massive Internal Improvements Act of 1836 loaned Indiana $10,000,000 to create infrastructure such as canals, railroads, and roads across the state. The act was signed by Whig Governor Noah Noble and passed by the Indiana General Assembly. However, the financial crisis known as the Panic of 1837 thwarted these plans as costs ballooned. Construction on the infrastructure was not completed and the state debt rapidly increased.

    1851 · Constitution of 1851

    Age 22

    Due to the state’s financial crisis during the previous decade and growing criticism toward state government. Voters approve the Constitution of 1851 which forbade the state government from going into debt.

    Name Meaning

    Probably the most successful of all the Old French names of Germanic origin that were introduced to England by the Normans. It is derived from Germanic wil ‘will, desire’ + helm ‘helmet, protection’. The fact that it was borne by the Conqueror himself does not seem to have inhibited its favour with the ‘conquered’ population: in the first century after the Conquest it was the commonest male name of all, and not only among the Normans. In the later Middle Ages it was overtaken by John , but continued to run second to that name until the 20th century, when the picture became more fragmented.

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

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