Washington Dew Renfro

12 April 1832–26 March 1918 (Age 85)
Madison, Illinois, United States

The Life of Washington Dew

When Washington Dew Renfro was born on 12 April 1832, in Madison, Illinois, United States, his father, Jesse Renfro, was 35 and his mother, Letitia ("Letty") West, was 31. He married Frances Evaline Black on 11 December 1851, in Madison, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Illinois, United States in 1870 and Jarvis Township, Madison, Illinois, United States for about 30 years. He died on 26 March 1918, in Troy, Madison, Illinois, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Gilead Cemetery, Jarvis Township, Madison, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

Washington Dew Renfro
Frances Evaline Black
Marriage: 11 December 1851
William Preston Renfro
Letty Ann Renfro
Andrew Theodore Renfro
Sarah Delphia Renfro
Mary Caroline Renfro
Susan Lillian Renfro
Jesse Romulous Renfro
Cyrus Washington Renfro
Fannie M Renfro
Infant Girl Renfro

Spouse and Children

11 December 1851
Madison, Illinois, United States


    William Preston Renfro




    Sarah Delphia Renfro


    Mary Caroline Renfro


+5 More Children

Parents and Siblings


    Letitia ("Letty") West




    Angeline Renfro



    Amanda M Renfro


    Perlina Renfro


    Mirriam Renfro


+4 More Children

World Events (8)

1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 4

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.
1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 7

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 31

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Name Meaning

Variant spelling of Scottish Renfrew .

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

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Story Highlight

Washington Drew Renfro

Washington was the ninth child born to Jesse and Letty. In 1851 he married Frances Black and together they had ten children. Frances died in 1869. In 1872 Washington married Mariah Dees and had six mo …

Sources (3)

  • Washington Renzeo, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Washington Renfro, "United States Census, 1870"
  • W D Renfro, "United States Census, 1880"

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