William J. Colvin

Male21 June 1871–17 May 1961

Brief Life History of William J.

When William J. Colvin was born on 21 June 1871, in Covington, Alabama, United States, his father, James Henry "Sam" Colvin, was 38 and his mother, Elizabeth C. Turbeville, was 37. He married Martha Caroline Clayton on 6 December 1896, in Rose Hill, Covington, Alabama, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Rural, Clarke, Alabama, United States in 1935 and Rose Hill, Covington, Alabama, United States in 1940. He died on 17 May 1961, in Andalusia, Covington, Alabama, United States, at the age of 89.

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Family Time Line

William J. Colvin
Martha Caroline Clayton
Marriage: 6 December 1896
Willie Bertha Colvin
Mila Lee Colvin
Ray Colvin
Irvin Bonner Colvin
Nora Colvin
Corbet C Colvin

Sources (22)

  • William J Calvin, "United States Census, 1910"
  • W J Colvin in entry for Corbitt Colvin and Nina Hanson, "Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950"
  • Will Calvin in entry for Ray Calvin, "Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    6 December 1896Rose Hill, Covington, Alabama, United States
  • Children (9)

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    Siblings (14)

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    World Events (8)

    1872 · The First National Park

    Age 1

    Yellowstone National Park was given the title of the first national park by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also believed to be the first national park in the world.


    Age 4

    Historical Boundaries: 1875: Clarke, Alabama, United States

    1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

    Age 25

    A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

    Name Meaning

    Scottish and Irish (Donegal, Antrim): variant of Colville , probably reflecting a local pronunciation. The name was taken to Ulster in the 17th century.

    Manx: if not identical with 1, perhaps from the Old Norse personal name Kolbeinn, with /v/ substituted for /b/.

    English: from the rare Middle English personal name Colwin, Colvin, which may be a borrowing into English of a Welsh name whose modern form is Collwyn ‘white’, or of colwyn ‘doe, puppy, pet dog’, or of the placename Colwyn (Denbighshire, Radnorshire).

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

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