Mary Ann Seal


Brief Life History of Mary Ann

When Mary Ann Seal was born in 1819, her father, John Seal, was 27 and her mother, Sarah Osborne, was 28. She married John Smith on 7 October 1838, in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom.

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John Smith
Mary Ann Seal
Marriage: 7 October 1838

Sources (4)

  • Mary Ann Seale, "England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005"
  • Mary Ann Scals, "England, Nottinghamshire, Church Records, 1578-1937"
  • Mary Ann Seale in entry for John Smith, "England, Yorkshire, Parish Registers, 1538-2016"

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  • Marriage
    7 October 1838Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (9)

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    World Events (7)


    Age 4

    Rugby Football 'invented' at Rugby School.

    1833 · The Factory Act Restricts Child Labor

    Age 14

    The Factory Act restricted the hours women and children could work in textile mills. No child under the age of 9 were allowed to work, and children ages 9-13 could not work longer than 9 hours per day. Children up to the age of 13 were required to receive at least two hours of schooling, six days per week.

    1854 · The Crimean War

    Age 35

    The Crimean War was fought between Russia and an alliance of Britain, France, Sardinia and Turkey on the Crimean Peninsula. Russia had put pressure on Turkey which threatened British interests in the Middle East.

    Name Meaning

    English: either a habitational name from Seal (Kent), Seale (Surrey), or Sele in Upper Beeding (Sussex), all of which probably derive from Old English sele ‘hall, building’ (though the Surrey placename may arise from Old English sēale, dative form of salh ‘willow’), or else a topographic name for someone who lived at a boggy patch (Kentish Middle English and Old English sele) or a hall. Compare Sale 1-2.

    English: habitational name from Overseal or Netherseal (Derbyshire), probably from Old English scegel ‘small wood’.

    English: topographic name for someone who lived by a willow copse or at a place marked by a willow or willows, from Middle English sele ‘willow’ (Old English sele), in northern England representing Old Norse selja and in southwestern England representing Old English (West Saxon) sealh. The name was probably interchangeable with the synonymous Middle English sale (Old English salh, Old Norse salr), and in some cases the surname may have functioned as a variant of Sale . In southwestern England initial S- was frequently voiced to Z-, as in the Wiltshire placename Zeals (from the plural form of Old English sealh). However, the medieval form of the placename is overwhelmingly in the plural, and this may also survive as Sales .

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

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