Erastus Watrous

12 May 1812–20 March 1881 (Age 68)
Hartford, Connecticut, United States

The Life of Erastus

When Erastus Watrous was born on 12 May 1812, in Hartford, Connecticut, United States, his father, Russel Watrous, was 26 and his mother, Emme Kellogg, was 27. He married Sarah Walker on 1 December 1839, in Manchester, Manchester, Ontario, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 daughters. He lived in Michigan, United States in 1870 and Howell, Livingston, Michigan, United States in 1880. He died on 20 March 1881, in Livingston, Michigan, United States, at the age of 68, and was buried in Genoa Township, Livingston, Michigan, United States.

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Family Time Line

Erastus Watrous
1812–1881
Sarah Walker
1822–1882
Marriage: 1 December 1839
Matilda Francis Watrous
1840–1913
Maryette A Watrous
1842–1916
Sarah O Watrous
1844–
Clarissa Watrous
1852–1921

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
1 December 1839
Manchester, Manchester, Ontario, New York, United States
children

(4)

Parents and Siblings

    Russel Watrous

    Male1786–1825Male

    Emme Kellogg

    Female1785–Female

siblings

(3)

    Male1812–1881Male

    Timothy Watrous

    Male1814–Male

    Louisa Wattrous

    Female1816–1905Female

World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 7

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. 
1829 · Farmington Canal Opened

Age 17

Farmington Canal spans 2,476 acres, starting from New Haven, Connecticut, and on to Northampton, Massachusetts. The groundbreaking for the canal was in 1825 and opened in 1829.
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 20

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Name Meaning

Altered form of English Waterhouse .

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Erastus Watsons, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Erastus Watrouse, "United States Census, 1840"
  • Erastus Watrous, "United States Census, 1850"

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