Mary Vestal

21 October 1828–23 April 1921 (Age 92)
Surry, North Carolina, United States

The Life of Mary

When Mary Vestal was born on 21 October 1828, in Surry, North Carolina, United States, her father, Thomas Curran Vestal, was 27 and her mother, Obedience "Biddy" Williams, was 23. She married Calvin James on 5 January 1851, in Jackson, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Verona, Sutter, California, United States in 1880 and Nicolaus Judicial Township, Sutter, California, United States in 1900. She died on 23 April 1921, in Pleasant Grove, Sutter, California, United States, at the age of 92, and was buried in California, United States.

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Calvin James
Mary Vestal
Marriage: 5 January 1851
Sarah Ann Elizabeth James
Lewis Franklin James

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5 January 1851
Jackson, Missouri, United States


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World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 2

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1848 · The California Gold Rush

Age 20

On January 24, 1848, gold was found at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California, which began the California gold rush. In December of that same year, U.S. President James Polk announced the news to Congress. The news of gold lured thousands of “forty-niners” seeking fortune to California during 1849. Approximately 300,000 people relocated to California from all over the world during the gold rush years. It is estimated that the mined gold was worth tens of billions in today’s U.S. dollars. 
1857 · 7.9 Earthquake In Fort Tejon

Age 29

The Fort Tejon earthquake, on January 9, 1857, registered at 7.9, making it one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded in the United States. Only two people were killed, largely due to the sparse population in the area where the earthquake occurred. As a result of the large scale shaking, the Kern River was turned upstream and fish were stranded miles from Tulare Lake as the waters were rocked so far from its banks.

Name Meaning

English, of French (Huguenot) origin: altered form of French Vassal, status name for a medieval retainer ( see Vassell ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Mary Vestal in household of Thomas Vestal, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Mary James in household of Calvin James, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Mary James in household of Calvin James, "United States Census, 1880"

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