Walter Wood Pitchford

10 November 1873–15 March 1962 (Age 88)
Macoupin, Illinois, United States

The Life of Walter Wood

When Walter Wood Pitchford was born on 10 November 1873, in Macoupin, Illinois, United States, his father, Rufus Pitchford, was 30 and his mother, Laura Frances Smith, was 25. He married Ella K Weir on 5 January 1898, in Flora, Clay, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Fairfield, Wayne, Illinois, United States for about 15 years and Negaunee, Marquette, Michigan, United States in 1940. He died on 15 March 1962, in Effingham, Effingham, Illinois, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in Effingham, Effingham, Illinois, United States.

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Walter Wood Pitchford
Ella K Weir
Marriage: 5 January 1898
Rachael Laura Pitchford
Alonzo William Pitchford
Helen Mae Pitchford

Spouse and Children

5 January 1898
Flora, Clay, Illinois, United States


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World Events (8)

1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 2

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.
1877 · The First Workers Strike

Age 4

The country was in great economic distress in mid-1877, which caused many workers of the Railroad to come together and began the first national strike in the United States. Crowds gathered in Chicago in extreme number to be a part of the strike which was later named the Great Railroad Strike. Shortly after the strike began, the battle was fought between the authorities and many of the strikers. The conflict escalated to violence and quickly each side turned bloody.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 25

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

Name Meaning

English (West Midlands): habitational name from a place near Shrewsbury, where there was a bituminous well; the name is derived from Old English pic ‘pitch’ + ford ‘ford’.

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

Sources (3)

  • Walter Pitchford, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Walter Pilchford in household of Rufus Pilchford, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Walter Pitchford, "United States Census, 1930"

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