William Hathaway

October 1840–8 April 1920 (Age 79)
New York, United States

The Life of William

When William Hathaway was born in October 1840, in New York, United States, his father, William Hathaway, was 35 and his mother, Betsey Sherwin, was 30. He married Mary Elizabeth Townsend on 21 December 1866. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Wilmington, Essex, New York, United States for about 15 years. He died on 8 April 1920, in Weyauwega, Waupaca, Wisconsin, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Weyauwega, Waupaca, Wisconsin, United States.

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William Hathaway
Mary Elizabeth Townsend
Marriage: 21 December 1866
William W. Hathaway
Elisabeth H. Hathaway
Fannie May Hathaway
Lester Townsend Hathaway
Louis Babbitt Hathaway
Helen Hathaway

Spouse and Children

21 December 1866
Dighton, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 6

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1854 · The Creation of the Republican Party

Age 14

A debate continues over the location of the creation of the Republican Party. Some sources claim that the party was formed in Ripon, Wisconsin, on February 28, 1854. Others claim the first meeting of the Republican Party took place in Jackson, Michigan, on July 6, 1854, where the Republican Party was officially organized. Over 1,000 people were present and candidates were selected for the party, thus making it the first Republican convention.

Age 23

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Name Meaning

1 English (mainly central southern England and South Wales):2 topographic name for someone who lived by a path across a heath, from Middle English hathe ‘heath’ + weye ‘way’.3 from an (apparently rare) Old English female personal name, Heaðuwīg, composed of the elements heaðu ‘strife’, ‘contention’ + wīg ‘war’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • William Hathaway in household of William Hathaway, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Wm Hathaway in household of Moses Perry, "United States Census, 1860"
  • William Hathaway in household of Betsy Hathaway, "New York State Census, 1865"

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