Minerva Jane Offord

14 June 1854–6 January 1905 (Age 50)
Fulton, Illinois, United States

The Life of Minerva Jane

When Minerva Jane Offord was born on 14 June 1854, in Fulton, Illinois, United States, her father, William Offord, was 29 and her mother, Elizabeth Jane Kingery, was 21. She married Washington Taylor Onion about 1872, in Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Illinois, United States in 1870 and Woodland Township, Fulton, Illinois, United States for about 20 years. She died on 6 January 1905, in Fulton, Illinois, United States, at the age of 50, and was buried in Summum Sixteen Cemetery, Woodland Township, Fulton, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

Washington Taylor Onion
Minerva Jane Offord
Marriage: about 1872
William Onion
Jasper Henry Onion
William Marion Onion
Emory Oliver Onion
Alta Viola Onion

Spouse and Children

    Washington Taylor Onion



about 1872
Illinois, United States


    William Onion


    Jasper Henry Onion



    Emory Oliver Onion



Parents and Siblings


    Elizabeth Jane Kingery




    James Monroe Offord




    William M. Offard


    Clara Offord


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World Events (8)

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 2

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Age 9

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1868 · Impeach the President!

Age 14

Caused by many crimes and breaking the Tenure of Office Act, Many Senators and House Representatives became angry with President Johnson and began discussions of his Impeachment. After a special session of Congress, the Articles of Impeachment were approved by the House and then the Senate. Making Andrew Johnson the first President to be Impeached.

Name Meaning

English (Essex): habitational name from a place in Cambridgeshire, called Offord, from Old English uppe ‘up’ (here ‘upstream’) + ford ‘ford’.

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

Sources (3)

  • Minerva Offord in household of Jno Tannehill, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Minerva J Offord in household of Wm Offord, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Minerva Offord in household of William Offord, "United States Census, 1870"

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