Sophia Athearn

18 November 1836–7 December 1873 (Age 37)

The Life of Sophia

When Sophia Athearn was born on 18 November 1836, her father, Prince A Athearn, was 25 and her mother, Louisa Hastings, was 23. She married Fletcher C Andrews on 28 October 1858, in San Joaquin, Fresno, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in Jefferson Township, Switzerland, Indiana, United States in 1850 and Stockton, San Joaquin, California, United States in 1860. She died on 7 December 1873, at the age of 37.

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Fletcher C Andrews
Sophia Athearn
Marriage: 28 October 1858
Alice Andrews

Spouse and Children

    Fletcher C Andrews



28 October 1858
San Joaquin, Fresno, California, United States


    Alice Andrews


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World Events (8)

1841 · Indiana Nears Bankruptcy

Age 5

The State of Indiana was near bankruptcy in 1841 due to the inability to repay interest incurred for the Massive Internal Improvement Act. The state liquidated much of its public works. Many of the projects were handed over to the state’s creditors as a way to reduce debt. Only two of the eight proposed infrastructure projects were completed by the creditors.

Age 10

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1848 · The California Gold Rush

Age 12

On January 24, 1848, gold was found at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California, which began the California gold rush. In December of that same year, U.S. President James Polk announced the news to Congress. The news of gold lured thousands of “forty-niners” seeking fortune to California during 1849. Approximately 300,000 people relocated to California from all over the world during the gold rush years. It is estimated that the mined gold was worth tens of billions in today’s U.S. dollars. 

Name Meaning

English: unexplained. Various proposals about the origin of the name have been put forward, the most plausible being that it is a topographic name from early Middle English atte hærn ‘at the stones’ ( see Hern 5).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Sophia H Athern in household of Prince A Athern, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Sophia Andrews in household of Fletcher Andrews, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Sophie Athearn, "California Marriages, 1850-1945"

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