Edward Witten Cecil

Male13 December 1845–16 December 1937

Brief Life History of Edward Witten

When Edward Witten Cecil was born on 13 December 1845, in Lee, Virginia, United States, his father, Mitchell Cecil, was 42 and his mother, Mary S. Pennington, was 28. He married Rebecca Ely on 21 December 1869, in Lee, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Virginia, United States in 1870. He died on 16 December 1937, in Dryden, Lee, Virginia, United States, at the age of 92, and was buried in Dryden, Lee, Virginia, United States.

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Family Time Line

Edward Witten Cecil
Rebecca Ely
Marriage: 21 December 1869
Joannah W. Cecil
about 1893–about 1893
John Henry Cecil
Samuel Lee Cecil
Sarah Elizabeth Cecil
Emma Lora Cecil
Mary Cecil
Estelle Joshua Cecil
Mr. Cecil
about 1895–about 1895

Sources (40)

  • Edward Cecil in household of Michael Cecil, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Edward W. Cecil, "Virginia, Library of Virginia State Archive, Births, Marriages, and Deaths 1853-1900"
  • Edward Whitten Cecil, "Virginia, Death Certificates, 1912-1987"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    21 December 1869Lee, Virginia, United States
  • Children (10)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (11)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 1

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

    1847 · Hollywood Cemetery Established

    Age 2

    Hollywood Cemetery was established in 1847 in Richmond Virginia. This is where Presidents James Monroe and John Tyler are buried. During the Civil War it became the largest military interments and a large section dedicated to military burials. Jefferson Davis a well known Confederate is also buried here. Many other notable people are also buried here.

    1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

    Age 25

    Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.

    Name Meaning

    Welsh (Monmouthshire): from the Old Welsh personal name Seisyllt, sometimes wrongly said to derive from the Latin name Caecilius (see Sisley ). The most frequent modern spelling is a Renaissance attempt to connect the surname with Caecilius in the English pronunciation of its time. The Welsh name is more probably, but not definitely, from the Latin name Sextilius, a derivative of sextus ‘sixth’.

    History: The great and powerful English Cecil family first came to prominence with David Cecil, a Monmouthshire gentleman who espoused the cause of Henry Tudor and came to court in London after the latter became king in 1485. His grandson William Cecil, Lord Burghley (1520–98), was Elizabeth I's chief adviser for 40 years, and his descendants have remained politically powerful and culturally influential in Britain ever since. They were originally minor Welsh gentry; their name is found in a variety of forms, including Sitsylt, Ceyssel, and Sisseld.

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

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