Eleanor Peavey White

1 April 1864–17 March 1917 (Age 52)
Saint John, St. John, New Brunswick, Canada

The Life 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. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She died on 17 March 1917, in her hometown, at the age of 52.

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Family Time Line

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

Spouse and Children

1 July 1894


Parents and Siblings

    Dr Jacob Dykeman White


    Maria Pevey




    William Pevey White


    William Vincent White


    Fredrick Johnson White



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

1 English, Scottish, and Irish: from Middle English whit ‘white’, hence a nickname for someone with white hair or an unnaturally pale complexion. In some cases it represents a Middle English personal name, from an Old English byname, Hwīt(a), of this origin. As a Scottish and Irish surname it has been widely used as a translation of the many Gaelic names based on bán ‘white’ ( see Bain 1) or fionn ‘fair’ ( see Finn 1). There has also been some confusion with Wight .2 Translated form of cognate and equivalent names in other languages, such as German Weiss , French Blanc , Polish Białas ( see Bialas ), etc.

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Ellen Peavy White, "New Brunswick Provincial Marriages 1789-1950"
  • Ellen Peavey Cowan in entry for James Orley Meadows and Maria Peavey Cowan, "New Brunswick Provincial Marriages 1789-1950"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Eleanor Peavey (Nell) White -

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