Mary White Aspenwall

14 November 1835–August 1890 (Age 54)
Bradford, Orange, Vermont, United States

The Life of Mary White

When Mary White Aspenwall was born on 14 November 1835, in Bradford, Orange, Vermont, United States, her father, Nathaniel White Aspenwall, was 34 and her mother, Laura McGaffey, was 33. She lived in Gilsum, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States in 1850. She died in August 1890, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, at the age of 54.

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Nathaniel White Aspenwall
Laura McGaffey
Samuel Augustus Aspenwall
Anna Scott Aspenwall
Laura Diantha Aspenwall
Mary White Aspenwall
John Aspinwall
Sarah Caroline Aspinwall

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World Events (8)

1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 1

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.
1837 · Chicago grows to a City

Age 2

Chicago switched over from a town to a city after many people sailed into the port there or traveled by foot to the fast growing area.
1855 · Lager Beer Riot

Age 20

The Lager Beer Riot came at a time in Chicago's history where large waves of Irish and German immigrants moved to the city. The Riot was started because the Mayor of the city renewed enforcement of an old liquor ordinance mandating that taverns be closed on Sundays and to raise the cost of a license to sell liquor from $50 to $300 each year. This didn't sit well with the German immigrants because they felt like it was directed towards them and their heritage. There was only one death throughout the time of the riot, though protesters claimed that it was more.

Name Meaning

1 English: habitational name from a place in the parish of Ormskirk, Lancashire called Aspinwall (also Asmall), from an Old English word æspen ‘growing with aspen trees’ + wæll(a) ‘stream’. There has probably also been some confusion with another Lancashire habitational surname, Aspinhalgh, the second element of which is Old English halh ‘nook’.2 According to Einar Haugen, the Norwegian family name Asbjørnsen has been assimilated to Aspinwall in America.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Mary Aspenwall in household of Annie S Bond, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Mary W Aspinwall in household of Lester Bond, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Mary N Aspenwall in household of Nathiel W Aspenwall, "United States Census, 1850"

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