Mary Ann Caldwell Elder

Female9 September 1827–22 October 1881

Brief Life History of Mary Ann Caldwell

When Mary Ann Caldwell Elder was born on 9 September 1827, in Butler, Ohio, United States, her father, James Elder, was 31 and her mother, Margaret Caldwell, was 23. She married William W. Hensley on 20 February 1849, in Marion, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Marion, Illinois, United States in 1860 and Illinois, United States in 1870. She died on 22 October 1881, in Salem, Marion, Oregon, United States, at the age of 54, and was buried in Salem, Marion, Oregon, United States.

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William W. Hensley
Mary Ann Caldwell Elder
Marriage: 20 February 1849
Alice A. Hensley
Claybourn Lee Hensley
Marcella Cieney Hensley
Amelia Hensley
Anna Cridge Hensley
Richard Hensley

Sources (8)

  • Mary Hensley in household of William Hensley, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Mary Ann Elder, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"
  • Mary A C Hensley in household of Wm W Hensley, "United States Census, 1860"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    20 February 1849Marion, Illinois, United States
  • Children (6)

    +1 More Child

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (11)

    +6 More Children

    World Events (8)

    1830 · The Second Great Awakening

    Age 3

    Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.


    Age 13

    Historical Boundaries - 1840: Oregon Country, United States 1843: Champoeg, Oregon Country, United States 1846: Champoeg, Oregon Unorganized Federal Territory, United States 1848: Champoeg, Oregon Territory, United States 1849: Marion, Oregon Territory, United States 1859: Marion, Oregon, United States


    Age 19

    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    Name Meaning

    Scottish: distinguishing nickname from Middle English and Older Scots elder ‘parent; older, senior person’, perhaps in some cases denoting the older of two bearers of the same personal name. It may have been used also to denote an elder of a church, a senior and respected member of the congregation. Compare Senior .

    English: in southeastern England, this may be a variant of Helder .

    Americanized form (translation into English) of German Elter , which has the same meaning as 1 above.

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

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