Elizabeth Jane Bark

22 February 1837–13 November 1923 (Age 86)
Fayetteville, Manlius, Onondaga, New York, United States

The Life of Elizabeth Jane

When Elizabeth Jane Bark was born on 22 February 1837, in Fayetteville, Manlius, Onondaga, New York, United States, her father, Herdman Bark, was 34 and her mother, Luiana Holcomb, was 36. She married Joseph Whitson in 1866, in DeKalb, DeKalb, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in DeKalb, Illinois, United States in 1900 and Sandwich, DeKalb, Illinois, United States for about 10 years. She died on 13 November 1923, in Sandwich Township, DeKalb, Illinois, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Oakridge Cemetery, Sandwich, DeKalb, Illinois, United States.

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Joseph Whitson
Elizabeth Jane Bark
Marriage: 1866
Bertha Elizabeth Whitson
Frank Joseph Whitson
Willis H. Whitson
Fred Abraham Whitson

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DeKalb, DeKalb, Illinois, United States


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World Events (8)

1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 2

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.

Age 9

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1861 · Simple life to Soldiers

Age 24

Illinois contributed 250,000 soldiers to the Union Army, ranking it fourth in terms of the total men fighting for a single state. Troops mainly fought in the Western side of the Appalachian Mountains, but a few regiments played important roles in the East side. Several thousand Illinoisians died during the war. No major battles were fought in the state, although several towns became sites for important supply depots and navy yards. Not everyone in the state supported the war and there were calls for secession in Southern Illinois several residents. However, the movement for secession soon died after the proposal was blocked.

Name Meaning

1 English: from Middle English bark ‘bark’ (Old Norse bǫrkr), hence a metonymic occupation name for a tanner. See also Barker .2 North German: topographic name for someone who lived by a birch tree or in a birch wood, from berke ‘birch’, or alternatively for someone who lived on a mountain ( see Barg ).3 Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): of uncertain origin, perhaps a variant of Barak .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Elizabeth J Whitson, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Elizabeth Bark in household of Herdman Bark, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Elizabeth Whitson in household of Joseph Whitson, "United States Census, 1870"

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