Obedience Walthall

Femaleabout 1754–

Brief Life History of Obedience

When Obedience Walthall was born about 1754, in Virginia, British Colonial America, her father, Christopher Walthall, was 30 and her mother, Obedience Elam, was 31. She married James Gates on 22 September 1774, in Amelia, Virginia, British Colonial America.

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James Gates
Obedience Walthall
Marriage: 22 September 1774

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  • Obedience Walthall in entry for James Gates, "Virginia, Vital Records, 1715-1901"

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    22 September 1774Amelia, Virginia, British Colonial America
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    Age 21

    "Patrick Henry made his ""Give me Liberty or Give me Death"" speech in Richmond Virginia."

    Name Meaning

    English (Derbyshire and Cheshire): variant of Walthew, from the Middle English personal name Walthef, Waldef, Walthew, Wallef (Old English Wælthēof), an Anglicized form of Old Norse Valthiófr, composed of the elements val ‘battle’ + thiofr ‘thief’, i.e. one who snatched victory out of defeat in battle. The personal name is mostly recorded in northern England and the North Midlands. For the name in Scotland, see Waldie .

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

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