Seth Wadhams

29 October 1812–6 February 1888 (Age 75)
Goshen, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States

The Life of Seth

When Seth Wadhams was born on 29 October 1812, in Goshen, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States, his father, David Wadhams, was 43 and his mother, Phebe Collins, was 39. He married Elizabeth Reed Mc Kinney on 4 June 1849. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States in 1850 and Elmhurst, DuPage, Illinois, United States for about 10 years. He died on 6 February 1888, in San Diego, San Diego, California, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States.

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Seth Wadhams
Elizabeth Reed Mc Kinney
Marriage: 4 June 1849
Emma Wadhams Green
Dana Wadhams
Frederick E Wadhams

Spouse and Children


    Elizabeth Reed Mc Kinney


4 June 1849


    Emma Wadhams Green


    Dana Wadhams


    Frederick E Wadhams


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World Events (8)


Age 6

Illinois is the 21st state.
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 7

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 20

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Name Meaning

English (Kent): habitational name from a place identified by Reaney as Wadham in Knowstone, Devon.

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

Sources (3)

  • Seth Wadams, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Seth Wadhams, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Seth Wadhams, "United States Census, 1880"

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