William Laurens Britt

Male1845–10 March 1889

Brief Life History of William Laurens

When William Laurens Britt was born in 1845, in North Carolina, United States, his father, Lawrence Britt, was 42 and his mother, Frances, was 27. He married Isabella Paralee McKinnon on 22 January 1867, in Hempstead, Arkansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Redland Township, Hempstead, Arkansas, United States in 1860 and Hempstead, Arkansas, United States in 1867. He died on 10 March 1889, in Prescott, Nevada, Arkansas, United States, at the age of 44, and was buried in Nevada, Arkansas, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Laurens Britt
1845–1889
Isabella Paralee McKinnon
1846–1922
Marriage: 22 January 1867
Joe Brazel
1864–
William Lawrence Britt Jr
1869–1939
Johnnie Edward Britt
1870–1903
Joseph Clinton Murdock Britt
1873–1907
Emma Isobel Britt
1875–1929
Henry Elijah Britt
1876–1948
Mary Alice Britt
1880–1928
Jordon Lee Britt
1885–1889

Sources (9)

  • William Britt in household of Lawrence Britt, "United States Census, 1860"
  • William Britt, "Arkansas, County Marriages, 1837-1957"
  • William Laurens Britt, "Find A Grave Index"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    22 January 1867Hempstead, Arkansas, United States
  • Children (8)

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    Siblings (9)

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    World Events (8)

    1848 · The California Gold Rush

    Age 3

    On January 24, 1848, gold was found at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California, which began the California gold rush. In December of that same year, U.S. President James Polk announced the news to Congress. The news of gold lured thousands of “forty-niners” seeking fortune to California during 1849. Approximately 300,000 people relocated to California from all over the world during the gold rush years. It is estimated that the mined gold was worth tens of billions in today’s U.S. dollars. 

    1853 · First State Fair

    Age 8

    The first state fair in North Carolina was held in Raleigh and was put on by the North Carolina State Agricultural Society in 1853. The fair has been continuous except for during the American Civil War and Reconstruction and WWII.

    1857 · 7.9 Earthquake In Fort Tejon

    Age 12

    The Fort Tejon earthquake, on January 9, 1857, registered at 7.9, making it one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded in the United States. Only two people were killed, largely due to the sparse population in the area where the earthquake occurred. As a result of the large scale shaking, the Kern River was turned upstream and fish were stranded miles from Tulare Lake as the waters were rocked so far from its banks.

    Name Meaning

    English: ethnic name for a Celtic-speaking Briton or a Breton, from Middle English brit, bret, Old French bret (see Brett ).

    German: from a vernacular form of the personal name Brixius (see Brice ).

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

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