Orville W. Sweet

Male28 December 1864–9 October 1894

Brief Life History of Orville W.

When Orville W. Sweet was born on 28 December 1864, in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States, his father, Philander Sweet, was 42 and his mother, Abigail Daniels, was 27. He lived in Michigan, United States in 1870. He died on 9 October 1894, in Greenfield, Wayne, Michigan, United States, at the age of 29, and was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Plymouth, Wayne, Michigan, United States.

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Philander Sweet
Abigail Daniels
Orville W. Sweet
Elsie Sweet
Adella Sweet
Isabelle Sweet
Abigail Sweet

Sources (8)

  • Orvile Sweet in household of Philander Sweet, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Orvill Sweet, "Michigan Deaths, 1867-1897"
  • Orville Sweet in household of Philander Sweet, "United States Census, 1880"

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Siblings (5)

World Events (8)


Age 1

Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

1868 · The Railroad Refrigerator Car

Age 4

During the mid-19th century, attempts were made to ship perishable products by rail. The Western Railroad of Massachusetts was the first to experiment with the concept, but it was only functional in cold weather. In 1868, William Davis, of Detroit, patented a refrigerator car that used a frozen mixture of ice and salt to keep everything cold for shipment. It could be used in all weather and in all seasons. He sold the design to George H. Hammond, a Detroit meat packer, who built a set of cars to transport his products to Boston using ice from the Great Lakes for cooling.

1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 11

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.

Name Meaning

English (Somerset): from the Middle English personal name Swet(e) (Old English Swēt(a) (male), Swēte (female)), or else a nickname from Middle English swet(e), sweyt ‘sweet; pleasing; beloved; attractive’ (Old English swēte, swōt), from which the personal names derive. Compare Swett .

Americanized form (translation into English) of German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) Suess and French Ledoux ‘the gentle, the sweet’.

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

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