Edwin Ruthven Whitcomb

29 March 1826–16 October 1875 (Age 49)
Sheboygan Falls, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, United States

The Life of Edwin Ruthven

When Edwin Ruthven Whitcomb was born on 29 March 1826, in Sheboygan Falls, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, United States, his father, Aaron Whitcomb, was 35 and his mother, Rhoda Perkins, was 30. He married Cornelia Torrey in 1846. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He died on 16 October 1875, at the age of 49.

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Edwin Ruthven Whitcomb
Cornelia Torrey
Marriage: 1846
Fred Edwin Whitcomb
Eugenia Maria Whitcomb
Leslie Orlando Whitcomb

Spouse and Children

Lime, Jeffsn, N.Y.


    Fred Edwin Whitcomb


    Eugenia Maria Whitcomb


    Leslie Orlando Whitcomb


Parents and Siblings



World Events (7)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 4

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1830 · The Oregon Trail

Age 4

Many people started their 2,170-mile West trek to settle the land found by Louis and Clark. They used large-wheeled wagons to pack most of their belongings and were guided by trails that were made by the previous trappers and traders who walked the area. Over time the trail needed annual improvements to make the trip faster and safer. Most of Interstate 80 and 84 cover most of the ground that was the original trail.

Age 20

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places called Whitcombe or Witcombe. Whitcombe in Dorset and Witcombe in Gloucestershire are named with Old English wīd ‘wide’ + cumb ‘valley’; Whitcombe, Isle of Wight, may have the same etymology or alternatively the first element may be Old English hwīt ‘white’. Witcombe in Somerset is named with Old English wīðig ‘willow’ + cumb.

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (2)

  • E R Whitcomb, "Minnesota, County Deaths, 1850-2001"
  • Edwin Ruthven Whitcomb in entry for Leslie Orlando Whitcomb, "Minnesota Births and Christenings, 1840-1980"

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