James Israel

28 June 1819–10 January 1892 (Age 72)
Westchester, New York, United States

The Life of James

When James Israel was born on 28 June 1819, in Westchester, New York, United States, his father, James Israel, was 35 and his mother, Lavina Washburn, was 25. He had at least 2 sons and 3 daughters with Elizabeth Grimes. He lived in White Hall, Greene, Illinois, United States for about 10 years and Scottville, Macoupin, Illinois, United States in 1880. He died on 10 January 1892, in Murrayville, Morgan, Illinois, United States, at the age of 72.

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James Israel
Elizabeth Grimes
Elizabeth ISRAEL
Caroline A. Israel
Mary E Israel
James Israel
William G Israel

Spouse and Children


    Elizabeth Grimes




    Elizabeth ISRAEL


    Caroline A. Israel


    Mary E Israel


    James Israel


    William G Israel


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World Events (8)

1820 · Making States Equal

Age 1

The Missouri Compromise helped provide the entrance of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state into the United States. As part of the compromise, slavery was prohibited north of the 36°30′ parallel, excluding Missouri.
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 8

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.
1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 20

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

1 Jewish: from the Hebrew male personal name Yisrael ‘Fighter of God’. In the Bible this is a byname bestowed on Jacob after he had wrestled with the angel at the ford of Jabbok (Genesis 32:24–8).2 name adopted by Jews with reference to the ancient Kingdom of Israel, destroyed by the Assyrians in 721 bc , or to the concept of Jewish nationhood, or, in modern times, to the state of Israel.3 Comparatively recent adoption of the Biblical name in Britain among Nonconformists, especially in Wales.

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

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Sources (3)

  • James Israel, "United States Census, 1860"
  • James Israel, "United States Census, 1870"
  • James Israel, "United States Census, 1850"

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