Alanson Porter Tower

Brief Life History of Alanson Porter

When Alanson Porter Tower was born on 30 May 1814, in Charlton, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Isaac Tower, was 35 and his mother, Rebecca Dexter, was 30. He married Mary N. Fales on 20 February 1839, in Holden, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 daughters. He lived in Chatfield, Fillmore, Minnesota, United States in 1880. He died on 17 September 1888, at the age of 74.

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Family Time Line

Alanson Porter Tower
1814–1888
Mary N. Fales
1820–1898
Marriage: 20 February 1839
Rebecca Jane Tower
1839–1857
Ellen Maria Tower
1841–1862
Emma Frances Tower
1849–1850
Ida Adella Tower
1858–1883
Amy Eudora Tower
1859–
Mary Isabella Tower
1861–1862

Sources (7)

  • A. Porter Tower, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Alanson Porter Tower, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
  • Alanson Tower, "Massachusetts, Marriages, 1695-1910"

World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

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

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.

1836 · Remember the Alamo

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived near a tower, usually a defensive fortification or watchtower, from Middle English, Old French tūr (from Latin turris).

English: occupational name for someone who dressed white leather, cured with alum rather than tanned with bark, from an agent derivative of Middle English taw(en) (Old English tawian ‘to prepare, make ready’).

Americanized form of German Tauer .

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

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