Vesta Grant

1 January 1820–2 August 1862 (Age 42)
New York, United States

The Life of Vesta

When Vesta Grant was born on 1 January 1820, in New York, United States, her father, Samuel Grant, was 32 and her mother, Caroline Conant, was 22. She married Shadrach Brownell on 14 April 1850, in New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. She lived in Carlton, Orleans, New York, United States for about 5 years. She died on 2 August 1862, at the age of 42.

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Shadrach Brownell
Vesta Grant
Marriage: 14 April 1850
Emma Vietta Brownell
Jesse A Brownell

Spouse and Children

14 April 1850
New York, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Samuel Grant


    Caroline Conant




    Melissa Grant



    Emily Grant


    Sara H Grant


    Melissa Grant


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World Events (5)

1820 · Making States Equal

Age 0

The Missouri Compromise helped provide the entrance of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state into the United States. As part of the compromise, slavery was prohibited north of the 36°30′ parallel, excluding Missouri.
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 7

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 12

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Name Meaning

1 English and (especially) Scottish (of Norman origin), and French: nickname from Anglo-Norman French graund, graunt ‘tall’, ‘large’ (Old French grand, grant, from Latin grandis), given either to a person of remarkable size, or else in a relative way to distinguish two bearers of the same personal name, often representatives of different generations within the same family.2 English and Scottish: from a medieval personal name, probably a survival into Middle English of the Old English byname Granta ( see Grantham ).3 Probably a respelling of German Grandt or Grand .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Vista Brownel in household of Shadrach Brownel, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Vesta Brownell in household of Shadrach Brownell, "New York State Census, 1855"
  • Vesta Gant in entry for Emma White, "Michigan Deaths and Burials, 1800-1995"

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