Rosetta May Whaley

30 January 1869–23 March 1954 (Age 85)
Zumbro Falls, Wabasha, Minnesota, United States

The Life of Rosetta May

When Rosetta May Whaley was born on 30 January 1869, in Zumbro Falls, Wabasha, Minnesota, United States, her father, Cyreanus Holmes Whaley, was 46 and her mother, Eliza Jane Soule, was 31. She married Verdine Abraham Harrison on 1 June 1887, in Wabasha, Minnesota, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Clear River Township, Kittson, Minnesota, United States in 1910 and Stuntz Township, St. Louis, Minnesota, United States in 1930. She died on 23 March 1954, in Virginia, St. Louis, Minnesota, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Hibbing, St. Louis, Minnesota, United States.

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Family Time Line

Verdine Abraham Harrison
Rosetta May Whaley
Marriage: 1 June 1887
Child Harrison
Child Harrison
Rev William Henry Harrison
Grace Mae Harrison
Lloyd Abraham Harrison
Darrel Benett Harrison
Donald Kilbourne Harrison

Spouse and Children

    Verdine Abraham Harrison



1 June 1887
Wabasha, Minnesota, United States


+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings



    Cyrenus Whaley


    Holmes Whaley


    Nathan Whaley



    Wentworth Whaley


+6 More Children

World Events (8)

1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Age 1

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.
1884 · Iron Mining starts in Minnesota

Age 15

After discovering iron ore in the Vermilion Range in North-East of Minnesota, iron mining companies began to come to the area and caused an economic boom to the area of Duluth and to the state as a whole.
1893 · The Minnesota State Flag

Age 24

The Flag of Minnesota was adopted on August 2 and consists of scenes from the seal of Minnesota. The flag has been modified over the years to be easier to manufacture.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Whaley in Derbyshire, Whalley in Lancashire, or Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire (formerly in Cheshire). The first is probably named with Old English wælla ‘spring’, ‘stream’ + lēah ‘(woodland) clearing’. The second has as the first element Old English hwæl ‘round hill’, and the last has Old English weg ‘path’, ‘road’ as the first element, the second element in both cases also being lēah.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Verdins Harrison, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Rosetta Whaley in household of Cyrenus Whaley, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Rosetta Whaley in household of Joseph Jerry, "Minnesota, State Census, 1885"

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