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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Erastus Watrous
Sarah Walker
Marriage: 1 December 1839
Matilda Francis Watrous
Maryette A Watrous
Sarah O Watrous
Clarissa Watrous

Spouse and Children

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


Parents and Siblings

    Russel Watrous


    Emme Kellogg





    Timothy Watrous


    Louisa Wattrous


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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