Lydia Layton

Brief Life History 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 3 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
Annie Bledsoe
Mary Alma Bledsoe
Eliza Bledsoe
Joseph A. Bledsoe
Thomas Aaron Bledsoe
Nora Bledsoe

Sources (10)

  • Lydia Layton in household of Albert Layton, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Mary L Layton - Individual or family possessions: Family genealogies: birth-name: Mary L Layton
  • Lydia Layton Bledsoe in entry for Thomas A Bledsoe, "United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011"

World Events (8)

1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

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.


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


Bleeding Kansas was a time period between the years 1854 and 1861 with a series of violent confrontations over whether slavery would be legal in Kansas Territory.

Name Meaning

English: variant of Leighton .

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

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