William Chislett

23 May 1844–2 March 1935 (Age 90)
Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of William

When William Chislett was born on 23 May 1844, in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, James Chislett, was 46 and his mother, Lucy Ridley, was 45. He had at least 2 sons and 1 daughter with Catherine Frazier Mccomie. He died on 2 March 1935, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 90, and was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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William Chislett
Catherine Frazier Mccomie
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Flora Chislett
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World Events (8)

1848 · The California Gold Rush
Age 4
On January 24, 1848, gold was found at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California, which began the California gold rush. In December of that same year, U.S. President James Polk announced the news to Congress. The news of gold lured thousands of “forty-niners” seeking fortune to California during 1849. Approximately 300,000 people relocated to California from all over the world during the gold rush years. It is estimated that the mined gold was worth tens of billions in today’s U.S. dollars. 
1854 · The Crimean War
Age 10
The Crimean War was fought between Russia and an alliance of Britain, France, Sardinia and Turkey on the Crimean Peninsula. Russia had put pressure on Turkey which threatened British interests in the Middle East.
1869 · Transcontinental Railroad Reaches San Francisco
Age 25
The first transcontinental railroad reached San Francisco in 1869. The Western Pacific Railroad Company built the track from Oakland to Sacramento. The Central Pacific Railroad Company of California built the section from Sacramento to Promontory Summit Utah. The railroad linked isolated California to the rest of the country which had far-reaching effects on the social and economical development of the state.

Name Meaning

1 English: nickname for someone with a fine head of hair (or perhaps an ironic name for a bald man), from Middle English chis, chys ‘choice, excellent’ + lok ‘(lock of) hair’.2 English: locative name from Chislet in Kent.

Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland © University of the West of England 2016

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Sources (19)

  • William Chislett, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
  • William Chislett in household of Lucy Chislett, "England and Wales Census, 1851"
  • William Chislett, "California Death Index, 1905-1939"

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