William B Darby

1760–30 April 1836 (Age 76)
Darby Borough, Delaware, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of William B

When William B Darby was born in 1760, in Darby Borough, Delaware, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Ephraim Darby, was 26 and his mother, Rachel Pettit, was 28. He married Signet Rustin on 12 September 1781, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 8 daughters. He died on 30 April 1836, in Allensville, Vinton, Ohio, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Bell Cemetery, Richland Township, Vinton, Ohio, United States.

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William B Darby
Signet Rustin
Marriage: 12 September 1781
Samuel Darby
Lucy Ann Darby
Charity Barbara "Rebecca" DARBY
Lydia Darby
Rebecca Darby
John Darby
Tacy Ann Darby
Hannah Darby
Stephen Darby
Mahala Maud Darby
Nancy Darby

Spouse and Children

12 September 1781
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States


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World Events (8)

1770 · Boston Tea Party

Age 10

Thousands of British troops were sent to Boston to enforce Britain's tax laws. Taxes were repealed on all imports to the American Colonies except tea. Americans, disguised as Native Americans, dumped chests of tea imported by the East India Company into the Boston Harbor in protest. This escalated tensions between the American Colonies and the British government.

Age 16

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

Age 20

Pennsylvania was always against slavery, even though the first settlers, including Penn, came with slaves. Slavery was not prominent in the area.

Name Meaning

1 English: habitational name from the city of Derby, the county seat of Derbyshire, but also from the much smaller place called West Derby in Lancashire. Both are named from Old Norse djúr ‘deer’ + býr ‘farm’, ‘settlement’. The usual spelling of the surname represents the pronunciation of both the place name and the surname.2 Irish: adopted as an English equivalent of Gaelic Ó Diarmada (or Mac Diarmada) ‘descendant (or ‘son’) of Diarmaid’, a personal name meaning ‘freeman’. See also Dermott , Macdermott . Insofar as Gaelic Ó Duibhdhiormaigh was sometimes reinterpreted as Ó Diarmada, Darby could also be an Anglicization of this name too. The English surname is also established in Ireland, having been taken to County Leix in the 16th century.

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

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Story Highlight

William Darby - Revolutionary War Soldier

1st Wife: Signat Rushton (m 1781 in Philadelphia, Pa), 2nd Mrs. Hannah Cox Andrew (m 1809 in Ross Co., Ohio) William Darby and Signet Rushton had 9 children: Samuel, John, Charity Barbara aka Rebecc …

Sources (3)

  • William Darby, "United States Revolutionary War Pension Payment Ledgers, 1818-1872"
  • William Darby, "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1997"
  • William Darby, "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1997"

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