Caroline Gross

Brief Life History of Caroline

When Caroline Gross was born on 12 September 1821, in Bedford, Virginia, United States, her father, Henry Gross, was 36 and her mother, Margaret "Peggy" Cooper, was 31. She married Peyton Wiggington in 1840, in Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 7 daughters. She lived in Atchison Township, Clinton, Missouri, United States in 1880 and Plattsburg, Clinton, Missouri, United States in 1900. She died in 1905, in Missouri, United States, at the age of 84.

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Peyton Wiggington
Caroline Gross
Marriage: 1840
Martha Ann Wigginton
Sarah E. Wigginton
Laura Margaret Wiggington
Mary Peyton Wigginton
Paulina Emma Wigginton
William Armstrong Wigginton
Oscar Douglas Wiggington
Isaac Roland Wigginton
Lucy Cornelia Wigginton
Henry Alice Wigginton
Alice Wigginton

Sources (20)

  • Carolina Wiggington in household of Payton Wiggington, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Caroline Gross in entry for Peyton Wigginton, "Virginia, County Marriage Records, 1771-1989"
  • Caroline Wiggenton in household of Peyton Wiggenton, "United States Census, 1850"

World Events (8)

1825 · The Crimes Act

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.


Historic Information: 1833: Clinton, Missouri, United States

1844 · Lumpkin's Jail

In 1844 when Robert Lumpkin bought land in Virginia, this would be the spot of the Infamous Slave Jail (or Lumpkin’s Jail). The slaves would be brought here during the slave trade until they were sold. Lumpkin had purchased the land for his own slave business.

Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a big man, from Middle High German grōz ‘large, corpulent’, German gross. This surname is also established in some other parts of Europe, most notably in France (Alsace and Lorraine). In Poland, Czechia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Croatia it is also found (in Slovenia almost exclusively) in the Slavicized form Gros (see also 3 below). The Jewish name has been Hebraicized as Gadol .

English: descriptive nickname for a big man, from Middle English gros, grosse, groce ’large; heavy’, also meaning ‘simple, plain’, from Old French gros ‘big, fat’ (from Latin grossus ‘thick’), a word of ancient Germanic origin, thus etymologically the same word as in 1 above.

Germanized or Americanized form of Slovenian, Polish, Croatian or other Slavic Gros , itself of German origin (see 1 above).

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

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