William Raney Dean

24 December 1825–10 July 1912 (Age 86)
Kentucky, United States

The Life of William Raney

When William Raney Dean was born on 24 December 1825, in Kentucky, United States, his father, Thomas Holman Dean, was 25 and his mother, Malinda Rowland, was 18. He married Martha Elizabeth Singleton in 1846, in Jessamine, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. He died on 10 July 1912, in Versailles, Woodford, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Versailles, Woodford, Kentucky, United States.

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William Raney Dean
Martha Elizabeth Singleton
Marriage: 1846
James Thomas Dean
Mary Or Mollie P. Dean
Edward M. Dean
Nancy Elizabeth Dean
John C. Dean
Merritt Nathaniel Dean

Spouse and Children

Jessamine, Kentucky, United States


    James Thomas Dean


    Mary Or Mollie P. Dean


    Edward M. Dean


    Nancy Elizabeth Dean


    John C. Dean


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings

    Thomas Holman Dean






    EMANUEL Richard Dean


    Elizabeth Ann Dean



    Jeremiah Rowland Dean


+3 More Children

World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 5

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 · Louisville and Portland Canal Opens

Age 5

The Louisville and Portland canal opened in 1830. It was a 2 mile canal. It helped with the barrier caused by the Falls of the Ohio River at Louisville by making a route around them.
1850 · 8th Most Populated State

Age 25

According to the 1850 census Kentucky was the 8th most populated state with 982,405 people.

Name Meaning

1 English: topographic name from Middle English dene ‘valley’ (Old English denu), or a habitational name from any of several places in various parts of England named Dean, Deane, or Deen from this word. In Scotland this is a habitational name from Den in Aberdeenshire or Dean in Ayrshire.2 English: occupational name for the servant of a dean or nickname for someone thought to resemble a dean. A dean was an ecclesiastical official who was the head of a chapter of canons in a cathedral. The Middle English word deen is a borrowing of Old French d(e)ien, from Latin decanus (originally a leader of ten men, from decem ‘ten’), and thus is a cognate of Deacon .3 Irish: variant of Deane .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Wm R Dean, "United States Census, 1850"
  • William Raney Dean, "Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965"
  • U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current

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