Rhoda Westbroek

July 1785–3 March 1841 (Age 55)
Ulster, New York, United States

The Life Summary of Rhoda

When Rhoda Westbroek was born in July 1785, in Ulster, New York, United States, her father, Samuel Westbrook, was 36 and her mother, Maria Van Aken, was 36. She married Oliver Besley Jr. about 1803, in Tioga, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 5 daughters. She died on 3 March 1841, in Columbia Township, Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 55, and was buried in Besley Cemetery, Columbia Township, Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Family Time Line

Oliver Besley Jr.
Rhoda Westbroek
Marriage: about 1803
Oliver Besley III
Isaac Besley
Samuel Besley
Susan Besley
Elias W. Besley
Elethear Besley
Mary A. Besley
Catherine Besley
John W. Besley
Sophia M Besley
Oliver Ogden Besley

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  • Marriage
    about 1803Tioga, New York, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1786 · Shays' Rebellion
    Age 1
    Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.
    1797 · Albany is Named Capital of New York
    Age 12
    Albany became the capital of New York in 1797. Albany is the oldest continuous settlement of the original 13 colonies.
    1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.
    Age 15
    While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

    Name Meaning

    English (southeastern): habitational name from any of various places called Westbrook, for example in Berkshire, Kent, and the Isle of Wight, from Old English west ‘west, western’ + brōc ‘brook, stream’.Americanized form of Dutch Westbroek: habitational name from a place so named near Utrecht.

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

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    Sources (2)

    • Rhoda Westbrook Besley, "Find A Grave Index"
    • United States, New York Land Records, 1630-1975; https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89WN-PN38?cc=2078654&wc=M7CM-6W5%3A358135001%2C358982501

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