William Wallace Lancaster

12 July 1846–5 June 1908 (Age 61)
Tippecanoe, Indiana, United States

The Life of William Wallace

When William Wallace Lancaster was born on 12 July 1846, in Tippecanoe, Indiana, United States, his father, Ockey Lancaster, was 50 and his mother, Maria Weaver, was 46. He married Mary Jean Young on 26 October 1872, in Covington, Troy Township, Fountain, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 7 daughters. He lived in Attica, Logan Township, Fountain, Indiana, United States in 1870 and Davis Township, Fountain, Indiana, United States in 1900. He died on 5 June 1908, in Tippecanoe, Indiana, United States, at the age of 61, and was buried in Attica, Logan Township, Fountain, Indiana, United States.

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William Wallace Lancaster
Mary Jean Young
Marriage: 26 October 1872
Arthur Lemaster
Irvis Newton Lancaster
Dora Lemaster
Birtie Lancaster
Mary M Lemaster
Dora Tinfrock
Bert Burgess Lancaster
Mary Etta Lancaster
Ada Oaka Lancaster
Jessie Lancaster
Allie Dora Lancaster
Benedict (Ben) Lancaster

Spouse and Children

26 October 1872
Covington, Troy Township, Fountain, Indiana, United States


    Arthur Lemaster


    Irvis Newton Lancaster


    Dora Lemaster


    Bert Burgess Lancaster


    Birtie Lancaster


+7 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+4 More Children

World Events (8)

1851 · Constitution of 1851

Age 5

Due to the state’s financial crisis during the previous decade and growing criticism toward state government. Voters approve the Constitution of 1851 which forbade the state government from going into debt.
1856 · The Town of Santa Claus

Age 10

The town of Santa Fe was denied their application for a United States Postal Service as a town of Santa Fe, Indiana, was already established. Several meetings were held and the name was changed to Santa Claus, Indiana. The United States Postal Service granted their application. Due to the name, the post office in Santa Claus continues to receive thousands of letters to Santa Claus from children around the world each December.

Age 17

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Lancaster in northwestern England, named in Old English as ‘Roman fort on the Lune’, from the Lune river, on which it stands, + Old English cæster ‘Roman fort or walled city’ (Latin castra ‘legionary camp’). The river name is probably British, perhaps related to Gaelic slán ‘healthy’, ‘salubrious’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • William Lancaster in household of O F Lancaster, "United States Census, 1870"
  • William Lancaster in household of Mariah Lancaster, "United States Census, 1860"
  • William Lancaster in household of Ockey Lancaster, "United States Census, 1850"

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