William Seitz Ness

Brief Life History of William Seitz

When William Seitz Ness was born in July 1827, in York, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Jacob Ness, was 22 and his mother, Apolona Isabella Seitz, was 19. He had at least 8 sons and 4 daughters with Henrietta Harriet Lentz. He lived in York, York, Pennsylvania, United States for about 10 years and York Township, York, Pennsylvania, United States in 1900. He died on 12 November 1903, in York, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Jacobus, York, Pennsylvania, United States.

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William Seitz Ness
Henrietta Harriet Lentz
Sarah Jane Ness
Jacob L Ness
Adam L. Ness
Elizabeth Ann Ness
Luther Ness
Matilda Ness
William Ness
Milton Lentz Ness
Clinton Milton Ness
Howard Ness
Pius L. Ness
Barbara Ellen Ness

Sources (28)

  • William Ness in household of Jacob Ness, "United States Census, 1850"
  • William Ness, "Find A Grave Index"
  • William nee in entry for Pius nee, "Pennsylvania, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Births and Baptisms, 1520-1999"

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1830 · The Second Great Awakening

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1830 · The Oregon Trail

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Name Meaning

Some characteristic forenames: Scandinavian Erik, Hilma, Lars, Monrad, Alf, Anders, Helmer, Hilmer, Juel, Nels, Nils.

Norwegian, Scottish, and English (East Yorkshire): topographic name for someone who lived on a headland or promontory, Old Norse nes, Old English næss, Middle English nes(se), nas(s)e, noss, or a habitational name from any of numerous places called with this word; there are over a hundred farms in Norway and many settlements in Scotland and northern England so named.

Scottish: from the Gaelic personal name Ness, itself possibly from Old Irish ness ‘weasel’.

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

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