Rhoby Harris Barnum

4 August 1817–14 May 1892 (Age 74)
Ballston Spa, Ballston, Saratoga, New York, United States

The Life of Rhoby Harris

When Rhoby Harris Barnum was born on 4 August 1817, in Ballston Spa, Ballston, Saratoga, New York, United States, her father, Eli Barnum, was 37 and her mother, Rhoby Westcott, was 31. She married James Madison Marvin on 26 September 1838, in Saratoga, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 4 daughters. She lived in Saratoga, New York, United States in 1860 and New York, United States in 1870. She died on 14 May 1892, in Saratoga Springs, Saratoga, New York, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Saratoga Springs, Saratoga, New York, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Madison Marvin
1809–1901
Rhoby Harris Barnum
1817–1892
Marriage: 26 September 1838
Mary Benedict Marvin
1839–1918
Frances Barnum Marvin
1841–1925
Caroline Barnum Marvin
1843–1924
William James Marvin
1846–1855
Rhoby Marvin
1858–1935

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
26 September 1838
Saratoga, New York, United States
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World Events (7)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 2

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. 
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 10

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.
1846

Age 29

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places called Barnham, for example in Norfolk, Suffolk, and West Sussex. They are probably all named with the Old English byname Beorn(a) ( see Barnes 2) or Old English beorn ‘warrior’ + hām ‘homestead’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • James M Marvin in household of James M Marvin, "New York, State Census, 1875"
  • Rhoby Marvin in household of James Marvin, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Rhobie Marvin in household of James M Marvin, "New York, State Census, 1865"

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