Rebecca Smalley

3 December 1778–8 January 1838 (Age 59)
Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, United States

The Life of Rebecca

When Rebecca Smalley was born on 3 December 1778, in Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, United States, her father, Rev. John Smalley, was 44 and her mother, Sarah Garnsey, was 38. She married David Whittlesey on 15 October 1804, in New Britain, Hartford, Connecticut, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 6 daughters. She died on 8 January 1838, in Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United States, at the age of 59, and was buried in New Britain, Hartford, Connecticut, United States.

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David Whittlesey
Rebecca Smalley
Marriage: 15 October 1804
Rev. William Whittlesey
Nancy Smalley Whittlesey
Sarah Guernsey Whittlesey
Mary Whittlesey
John Smalley Whittlesey
Rev. John Smalley Whittlesey
Rebecca Smalley Whittlesey
David Waller Whittlesey
Calista Curtiss Whittlesey
Gen. Eliphalet Whittlesey
Elisabeth Pamela Whittlesey

Spouse and Children

15 October 1804
New Britain, Hartford, Connecticut, United States


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World Events (8)

1781 · The First Constitution

Age 3

Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.
1781 · British Forces Capture Fort Griswold

Age 3

The capture of Fort Griswold was the final act of treason that Benedict Arnold committed. This would be a British victory. On the American side 85 were killed, 35 wounded and paroled, 28 taken prisoner, 13 escaped, and 1 twelve year old was captured and released.
1794 · Creating the Eleventh Amendment

Age 16

The Eleventh Amendment restricts the ability of any people to start a lawsuit against the states in federal court.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from places in Derbyshire and Lancashire, so called from Old English smæl ‘narrow’+ lēah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Rebecca Smalley in entry for Rebecca Fairchild, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915"
  • Rebecca Whittlesey, "Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934"
  • Rebecca Smalley Whittlesey, "Find A Grave Index"

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