William Joseph Duffy

28 October 1852–3 August 1931 (Age 78)
Lansingburgh, Rensselaer, New York, United States

The Life of William Joseph

When William Joseph Duffy was born on 28 October 1852, in Lansingburgh, Rensselaer, New York, United States, his father, Philip Duffy, was 26 and his mother, Sarah Ellen Healy, was 22. He married Eugenia Amanda Palmer on 6 February 1884, in San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in San Rafael Judicial Township, Marin, California, United States in 1900 and San Rafael, Marin, California, United States for about 10 years. He died on 3 August 1931, in San Quentin, Marin, California, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Mount Tamalpais Cemetery, San Rafael, Marin, California, United States.

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William Joseph Duffy
Eugenia Amanda Palmer
Marriage: 6 February 1884
Ethel Evelyn Duffy
Geneva Clara Duffy
Grace Jennie Duffy
Raymond Palmer Duffy
William Joseph Duffy Jr
Alma Amy Frances Duffy
Clinton Truman Duffy
Eugenia Kathryn Duffy

Spouse and Children

6 February 1884
San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States


+3 More Children

Parents and Siblings




    Edward Phillip Duffy


    Catharine Duffy


    Charles G Duffy



+1 More Child

World Events (8)

1857 · 7.9 Earthquake In Fort Tejon

Age 5

The Fort Tejon earthquake, on January 9, 1857, registered at 7.9, making it one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded in the United States. Only two people were killed, largely due to the sparse population in the area where the earthquake occurred. As a result of the large scale shaking, the Kern River was turned upstream and fish were stranded miles from Tulare Lake as the waters were rocked so far from its banks.

Age 11

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 23

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

1 Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Dubhthaigh ‘descendant of Dubhthach’, a byname derived from dubh ‘black’ ( see Duff ). This name was borne by a 6th-century saint who was archbishop of Armagh.2 Scottish and Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Dhuibhshíthe ‘son of Duibhshíth’, a personal name composed of the elements dubh ‘black’ ( see Duff ) + síth ‘peace’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • William J Duffey, "United States Census, 1900"
  • William J Duffy, "United States Census, 1910"
  • William J Duffy, "United States Census, 1920"

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