Eleanor Peavey White

Female1 April 1864–17 March 1917

Brief Life History of Eleanor Peavey

When Eleanor Peavey White was born on 1 April 1864, in Saint John, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, her father, Dr Jacob Dykeman White, was 36 and her mother, Maria Pevey, was 37. She married James Elphinston Cowan on 1 July 1894, in New Brunswick, Canada. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She died on 17 March 1917, in Saint John, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, at the age of 52.

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James Elphinston Cowan
Eleanor Peavey White
Marriage: 1 July 1894
Maria Peavey Cowan

Sources (10)

  • Ellen Cowan in household of James E Cowan, "Canada Census, 1901"
  • Ellen Peavy White, "New Brunswick Provincial Marriages 1789-1950"
  • Ellen P White in entry for Margie Peavey Cowan, "Canada, New Brunswick County Register of Births, 1801-1920"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    1 July 1894New Brunswick, Canada
  • Children (1)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (4)

    World Events (4)

    1867 · British North America Act

    Age 3

    The British North America Act or Constitution Act of 1867 caused three British colonies, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Canada to be united as one under the name Canada. Until this point New Brunswick had been the British crown colony.


    Age 5


    1880 · Legislature in Fredericton Destoryed by Fire

    Age 16

    On February 25, 1880, the legislature building in Frederiction was destroyed by fire. The builiding was completely made of wood meaning that there was nothing left of it. The chair that the speaker used and a marble top table were all that remained.

    Name Meaning

    English: from Middle English white, wit (Old English hwīt ‘white’), hence a nickname for someone with white hair or a pale complexion. In some cases it is perhaps from a Middle English survival of the Old English personal name Hwīta, a short form of names in Hwīt- (from hwīt ‘white’). The name may also be topographic, referring to someone who lived by a bend or curve in a river or road (from Old English wiht ‘bend’), the source of the placename of Great Whyte in Ramsey, Huntingdonshire (compare Wight ). This name is also a variant of Wight . The surname White is also very common among African Americans.

    Irish and Scottish: adopted for any of several Irish and Scottish Gaelic names based on bán ‘white, fair’ (see Bain 1, McElwain ) or fionn ‘fair’ (see Finn 1). The English surname has been Gaelicized in Ireland as de Faoite.

    Americanized form (translation into English) of various European surnames meaning ‘white’, for example German Weiss , French Blanc , Polish Białas (see Bialas ), Slovenian Belec , or any other synonymous Slavic surname beginning with Bel-, Bev-, Biel- or Bil-.

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

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