William G. Scales

Brief Life History of William G.

When William G. Scales was born about 1809, in Rockingham, North Carolina, United States, his father, Daniel Scales, was 36 and his mother, Nancy A Hewitt, was 38. He married Elizabeth Wilson on 8 September 1832, in Williamson, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. He died in 1839, in Williamson, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 31.

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William G. Scales
Elizabeth Wilson
Marriage: 8 September 1832
Joseph A. C. Scales
Robert S. Scales
William T Bud Scales

Sources (13)

  • William Scales, "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950"
  • William Scales, "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950"
  • William Scales, "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950"

World Events (8)


War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

1812 · War of 1812

Because of the outbreak of war from Napoleonic France, Britain decided to blockade the trade between the United States and the French. The US then fought this action and said it was illegal under international law. Britain supplied Native Americans who raided settlers living on the frontier and halting expansion westward. In 1814, one of the British raids stormed into Washington D.C. burning down the capital. Neither the Americans or the British wanted to continue fighting, so negotiations of peace began. After Treaty of Ghent was signed, Unaware of the treaty, British forces invaded Louisiana but were defeated in January 1815.

1819 · Panic! of 1819

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

Name Meaning


plural form of Scale , naming a herdsman living and working on a summer pasture, or a habitational name for someone from a place called Scales, mostly minor places in Lancashire and Yorkshire. Scholes is a dialect variant of the same name.

(of Norman origin): habitational name either from Écalles-Alix (Seine-Maritime), Écalles (in Estouteville-Écalles, Seine-Maritime), or from Escalles (Pas-de-Calais). The earliest spellings of these names suggest a derivation from Latin scala, scalae (plural) ‘ladder, staircase, stile’, perhaps applied to a steep slope or path, although Old Norse skáli (‘herdsman's hut, shieling’, see Scale ) has also been suggested for Écalles. Challis may be a variant of the same name. The surname has also been established in southern Ireland (Limerick) since the 14th century.

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

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