William Wesley Gritton

10 October 1825–29 March 1884 (Age 58)
Harrodsburg, Mercer, Kentucky, United States

The Life of William Wesley

When William Wesley Gritton was born on 10 October 1825, in Harrodsburg, Mercer, Kentucky, United States, his father, Milo B. Gritton, was 21 and his mother, Mary Sims, was 20. He married Amelia Ann Cox on 24 June 1851, in Johnson, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 8 daughters. He lived in Illinois, United States in 1870. He died on 29 March 1884, in Blount Township, Vermilion, Illinois, United States, at the age of 58, and was buried in Blount Township, Vermilion, Illinois, United States.

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William Wesley Gritton
Amelia Ann Cox
Marriage: 24 June 1851
Sarah Ann Gritton
Margaret J Gritton
Ralph C. Gritton
Mary Emily Gritton
John D. Gritton
Hannah Matilda Gritton
Rachel L. Gritton
Luna B. Gritton
Katherine M Gritten
Ella May Gritton

Spouse and Children

24 June 1851
Johnson, Indiana, United States


+5 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Milo B. Gritton


    Mary Sims




+1 More Child

World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 5

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1830 · Louisville and Portland Canal Opens

Age 5

The Louisville and Portland canal opened in 1830. It was a 2 mile canal. It helped with the barrier caused by the Falls of the Ohio River at Louisville by making a route around them.

Age 21

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places named Gretton. One in Northamptonshire is named from Old English grēot ‘gravel’ + tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. Gretton in Shropshire is named from Old English grēoten ‘gravelly’ + tūn, while Gretton, Gloucestershire, is ‘farmstead (tūn) near Greet (Old English grēote ‘gravelly place’)’.

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

Sources (3)

  • W W Gritton, "United States Census, 1870"
  • W W Gritton, "United States Census, 1880"
  • William Gritton in entry for Jesse Thatcher and Sarah Thatcher, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"

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