Clarissa Gregg Holley

13 August 1809–1893 (Age 83)
Town of Canandaigua, Ontario, New York, United States

The Life of Clarissa Gregg

When Clarissa Gregg Holley was born on 13 August 1809, in Town of Canandaigua, Ontario, New York, United States, her father, Myron Holly, was 30 and her mother, Sally House, was 22. She married Abraham Lovett Beaumont on 24 August 1829, in Lyons, Lyons, Wayne, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 7 daughters. She lived in Tecumseh, Lenawee, Michigan, United States in 1850. She died in 1893, in Jonesville, Hillsdale, Michigan, United States, at the age of 84.

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Abraham Lovett Beaumont
Clarissa Gregg Holley
Marriage: 24 August 1829
Ellen Beaumont
Alice Beaumont
Sally Beaumont
Gertrude Beaumont
Myron Holly Beaumont
Oliver Beaumont
Mary Beaumont
Mary H Beaumont
Elizabeth Lilly Beaumont
Robert Holley Beaumont

Spouse and Children

24 August 1829
Lyons, Lyons, Wayne, New York, United States


+5 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Myron Holly


    Sally House




    Caroline Elizabeth Holley



    Myron Thomas Holley


    William M Holley


    Elizabeth Holley


+2 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 3

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 18

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.
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 23

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Name Meaning

English (chiefly Yorkshire): topographic name from Middle English holin, holi(e) ‘holly tree’. Compare Hollen .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Clarissa Beaumont in household of A L Beaumont, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Clariss Gregg Holley in entry for Ellen B Murphy, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
  • Clarissa G Holley in entry for Mary Beaumont Welch, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"

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