Rachel Catherine Tenney

13 September 1821–22 March 1861 (Age 39)
Pendleton, Virginia, United States

The Life of Rachel Catherine

When Rachel Catherine Tenney was born on 13 September 1821, in Pendleton, Virginia, United States, her father, Samuel C Tenney, was 29 and her mother, Dorcas Eva Rohrbough, was 28. She married Watson Westfall on 28 June 1838, in Lewis, West Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 7 daughters. She lived in Lewis, Virginia, United States in 1850 and Upshur, Virginia, United States in 1860. She died on 22 March 1861, in Upshur, West Virginia, United States, at the age of 39, and was buried in Washington Magisterial District, Upshur, West Virginia, United States.

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Family Time Line

Watson Westfall
Rachel Catherine Tenney
Marriage: 28 June 1838
Rev Jasper Newton Westfall
Rev. Samuel Tenney Westfall
George Washington Westfall
Dorcas Elizabeth Westfall
Granville Dayton Westfall
Oliver Westfall
Rebecca Ann Westfall
Alvin B. Westfall
Alizie M. Westfall
Rachel Katherine Westfall
Sarah K. Westfall
Ruhama A Westfall

Spouse and Children

28 June 1838
Lewis, West Virginia, United States


+9 More Children

Parents and Siblings


    Dorcas Eva Rohrbough




+3 More Children

World Events (7)

1824 · """Mary Randolph Publishes """"The Virginia Housewife"""""""

Age 3

“The Virginia Housewife” was published by Mary Randolph. It was the first cookbook published in America. 
1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 4

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 11

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Name Meaning

English (Yorkshire): from a medieval personal name, a diminutive of Dennis 1.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Rachael Westfall in household of Watson Westfall, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Rachel Westfall in household of Watson Westfall, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Rachel Finney in entry for Alvin B Westfall, "Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953"

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