Eleanor Williams

11 June 1823–1880 (Age 56)
Overton, Tennessee, United States

The Life Summary of Eleanor

When Eleanor Williams was born on 11 June 1823, in Overton, Tennessee, United States, her father, James W. Williams, was 37 and her mother, Esther Jones, was 34. She married Willis Burten Harper on 16 November 1845, in Harrison, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She died in 1880, in Illinois, United States, at the age of 57.

Photos and Memories (1)

Do you know Eleanor? Do you have a story about her that you would like to share? Sign In or Create a FREE Account

Family Time Line

Willis Burten Harper
1813–1894
Eleanor Williams
1823–1880
Marriage: 16 November 1845
Thomas McGinnis Harper
1846–1936
Mahala Anne Harper
1848–1940

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    16 November 1845Harrison, Missouri, United States
  • Children

    (2)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings

    (9)

    +4 More Children

    World Events (8)

    1825 · The Crimes Act
    Age 2
    The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
    1832 · Black Hawk War
    Age 9
    "The Black Hawk War was a brief conflict between the United States and Native Americans led by Black Hawk, a Sauk leader. The war erupted soon after Black Hawk and a group of other tribes, known as the ""British Band"", crossed the Mississippi River, into Illinois, from Iowa Indian Territory in April 1832. Black Hawk's motives were ambiguous, but records show that he was hoping to avoid bloodshed while resettling on tribal land that had been given to the United States in the 1804 Treaty of St. Louis."
    1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place
    Age 16
    By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.

    Name Meaning

    English: variant of William , with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s. This form of the surname is also common in Wales. In North America, this surname has also absorbed some cognates from other languages, such as Dutch Willems . Williams is the third most frequent surname in the US. It is also very common among African Americans and Native Americans.History: This surname was brought to North America from southern England and Wales independently by many different bearers from the 17th century onward. Roger Williams, born in London in 1603, came to MA in 1630, but the clergyman was banished from the colony for his criticism of the Puritan government; he fled to RI and founded Providence.

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

    Possible Related Names

    Wiliams
    Willams
    Willimas
    William
    Pulliam
    Willaims

    Sources (7)

    • Ellen Harper in household of Willis Harper, "United States Census, 1850"
    • Eleander Harper in entry for James McReynolds, "Illinois Marriages, 1815-1935"
    • Unknown in entry for Mahalia Anne Leap, "Idaho Death Certificates, 1938-1961"

    Discover Even More

    As a nonprofit, we offer free help to those looking to learn the details of their family story.

    Create a free account to view more about your family.
    Create a FREE Account
    Search for Another Deceased Ancestor
    Share this with your family and friends.