Arthur McCracken Darby

Brief Life History of Arthur McCracken

When Arthur McCracken Darby was born on 6 April 1812, in South Carolina, United States, his father, Benjamin Darby, was 40 and his mother, Ruth McCracken, was 23. He married Harriet Poe Byrne about 1838. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Texas, United States in 1870 and Justice Precinct 2, Grimes, Texas, United States in 1880. He died on 12 July 1885, in Iola, Grimes, Texas, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in Zion Cemetery, Iola, Grimes, Texas, United States.

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Family Time Line

Arthur McCracken Darby
1812–1885
Harriet Poe Byrne
1823–1857
Marriage: about 1838
James Wesley Darby
1838–1925
Thomas Jefferson Darby
1846–1927
David Anthony Darby
1848–1913
Rutha Ann Darby
1851–1878
Harriet Poe "Hattie" Darby
1855–1926

Sources (13)

  • Arther Darby, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Arthur McCracken Darby - Individual or family possessions: birth: 6 April 1812; South Carolina, United States
  • A M Darby, "Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977"

World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

1822 · Slave Rebellion

"On June 16, 1822, Denmark Vesey a free and self-educated African American leads a slave rebellion called ""the rising."" The interesting thing about this rebellion is that it does not really happen. The only thing the judges have to go on is the testimony of people that witness it."

1832 · The Black Hawk War

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: habitational name from the city of Derby, the county seat of Derbyshire, but also from the much smaller place called West Derby in Lancashire. Both are named from Old Norse djúr ‘deer’ + ‘farm, settlement’. This form of the surname represents the pronunciation of both the placename and the surname.

Irish: adopted as an English equivalent of Gaelic Ó Diarmada (or Mac Diarmada) ‘descendant (or ‘son’) of Diarmaid’, a personal name meaning ‘freeman’. See also Dermott , McDermott . Gaelic Ó Duibhdhiormaigh was sometimes reinterpreted as Ó Diarmada, and Darby could also be an Anglicized form of this name. The English surname is also established in Ireland, having been taken to County Leix in the 16th century.

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

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