Lydia Layton

8 August 1837–11 October 1884 (Age 47)
Illinois, United States

The Life of Lydia

When Lydia Layton was born on 8 August 1837, in Illinois, United States, her father, ALBERT Layton, was 32 and her mother, Catharine Wagoner, was 36. She married Robert Sylvester Bledsoe on 29 January 1857, in Fulton, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Orion Township, Fulton, Illinois, United States for about 10 years and Breeds, Fulton, Illinois, United States in 1880. She died on 11 October 1884, in Harper, Harper, Kansas, United States, at the age of 47, and was buried in Breeds Cemetery, Orion Township, Fulton, Illinois, United States.

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Robert Sylvester Bledsoe
Lydia Layton
Marriage: 29 January 1857
William Bledsoe
William Bledsoe
Annie Bledsoe
Mary Alma Bledsoe
Eliza Bledsoe
Joseph A. Bledsoe
Thomas Aaron Bledsoe
Nora Bledsoe

Spouse and Children

29 January 1857
Fulton, Illinois, United States


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Parents and Siblings


    Catharine Wagoner





    William Henry Layton


    Child Layton


    Jane Ann Layton


    Ruben R. Layton


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World Events (8)

1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 2

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.

Age 9

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 19

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places so called, for example in Lancashire (near Blackpool) and in North Yorkshire. The former was named in Old English as ‘settlement by the watercourse’, from Old English lād ‘watercourse’ + tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’; the latter as ‘leek enclosure’ or ‘herb garden’, from lēac ‘leek’ + tūn. Compare Leighton .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Lydia Layton in household of Albert Layton, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Liddie Bleadso in household of Joseph Whitmore, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Lydia Bledsoe in household of Robert Bledsoe, "United States Census, 1870"

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