William L. Sumner Sr.

2 February 1792–14 December 1856 (Age 64)
Grayson, Virginia, United States

The Life Summary of William L.

When William L. Sumner Sr. was born on 2 February 1792, in Grayson, Virginia, United States, his father, Joshua Sumner, was 38 and his mother, Sarah E. Cox, was 37. He married Catharine Edwards on 8 January 1814, in Grayson, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 10 sons and 3 daughters. He died on 14 December 1856, in Carroll, Virginia, United States, at the age of 64, and was buried in Crooked Creek, Carroll, Virginia, United States.

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William L. Sumner Sr.
Catharine Edwards
Marriage: 8 January 1814
Jonathan Robert Sumner
Annual Sumner
William L Sumner Jr
Joshua Sumner
Isaac Sumner
Samuel Sumner
Thursy Ann Sumner
Robert Sumner
Josiah Sumner
Mary Polly Sumner
David C. Sumner
Francena Sumner
James Oliver Sumner

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  • Marriage
    8 January 1814Grayson, Virginia, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1794 · Creating the Eleventh Amendment
    Age 2
    The Eleventh Amendment restricts the ability of any people to start a lawsuit against the states in federal court.
    1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.
    Age 8
    While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.
    Age 20
    War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

    Name Meaning

    English: occupational name for an official who was responsible for ensuring the appearance of witnesses in court, from Middle English som(p)nour(e) ‘summoner’ (Old French somoneor, semoneor).History: William Sumner came to Dorchester, MA, from England c. 1635. His descendants include US Senator Charles Sumner, a major force in the struggle to end slavery, who was born in 1811 in Boston.

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

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    Sources (15)

    • William Sumner in entry for Francena Farmer, "Virginia, Library of Virginia State Archive, Births, Marriages, and Deaths 1853-1900"
    • William Sumner, "United States Census, 1850"
    • William Sumner in entry for Francena Farmer, "Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Death Records, 1853-1912"

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