James Weddle

4 July 1839–18 November 1860 (Age 21)
Kentucky, United States

The Life of James

When James Weddle was born on 4 July 1839, in Kentucky, United States, his father, Samuel Weddle, was 22 and his mother, Anna Spencer, was 19. He married Elizabeth Eubank in Pulaski, Kentucky, United States. He lived in Winchester, Scott, Illinois, United States in 1850 and Willow Branch Township, Piatt, Illinois, United States in 1860. He died on 18 November 1860, in United States, at the age of 21, and was buried in Cisco, Piatt, Illinois, United States.

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James Weddle
Elizabeth Eubank

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Pulaski, Kentucky, United States

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Age 7

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1848 · Chicago Board of Trade is organized

Age 9

Starting as a voluntary association to help buyers and sellers meet to negotiate and make contracts. The Chicago Board of Trade is one of the oldest futures and options exchanges in the world and it is open 22 hours per day to stay competitive.
1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 17

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from a place called Wedale (now Stow) near Edinburgh. The origins of this place name are uncertain. The second element is evidently Old English dæl or Old Norse dalr ‘valley’. The first element might be Old English wedd ‘pledge’, ‘security’ or its Old Norse cognate veð (although this is not found elsewhere as a place name element).

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

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  • James Weddel in household of Samuel Weddel, "United States Census, 1850"
  • James Weddel in household of Samuel Weddel, "United States Census, 1850"
  • James Weddell in household of Samuel Weddell, "United States Census, 1860"

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