Calista Harrington

September 1850–
Oxford, Ontario, Canada

The Life of Calista

When Calista Harrington was born in September 1850, in Oxford, Ontario, Canada, her father, Hiram Harrington, was 27 and her mother, Matilda Hallock, was 24. She married Lewellyn Hamilton Roberts on 8 May 1872, in Zorra, Oxford, Ontario, Canada. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. She lived in East Zorra Township, Oxford, Ontario, Canada for about 10 years and West Oxford, Oxford, Ontario, Canada in 1881.

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Lewellyn Hamilton Roberts
Calista Harrington
Marriage: 8 May 1872
Almeda Matilda Roberts
Ida Helen Roberts
Olive Elizabeth Roberts
Judson Carman Roberts

Spouse and Children

8 May 1872
Zorra, Oxford, Ontario, Canada


    Almeda Matilda Roberts



    Olive Elizabeth Roberts


    Judson Carman Roberts


Parents and Siblings



+2 More Children

World Events (7)

1867 · Ontario Founded

Age 17

On July 1, 1867, the province of Ontario was founded. It is the second largest province in Canada. A third of the population of Canada live here. Before it was Ontario it was called Upper Canada and had a Governor.

Age 19

1883 · Mining Boom

Age 33

In 1883, there was a mining boom in Northern Ontario when mineral deposits were found near Sudbury. Thomas Flanagan was the blacksmith for the Canadian Pacific Railway that noticed the deposits in the river.

Name Meaning

1 English: habitational name from places in Cumbria, Lincolnshire, and Northamptonshire. The first gets its name from Old English Haferingtūn ‘settlement (Old English tūn) associated with someone called Hæfer’, a byname meaning ‘he-goat’. The second probably meant ‘settlement (Old English tūn) of someone called Hæring’. Alternatively, the first element may have been Old English hæring ‘stony place’ or hāring ‘gray wood’. The last, recorded in Domesday Book as Arintone and in 1184 as Hederingeton, is most probably named with an unattested Old English personal name, Heathuhere.2 Irish (County Kerry and the West): adopted as an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hArrachtáin ‘descendant of Arrachtán’, a personal name from a diminutive of arrachtach ‘mighty’, ‘powerful’.3 Irish (County Kerry): adopted as an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hIongardail, later Ó hUrdáil, ‘descendant of Iongardal’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Calista Roberts in household of Lewellyn Roberts, "Canada Census, 1881"
  • Calista Roberts in household of Lewellyn Roberts, "Canada Census, 1901"
  • Calistre Harrington in entry for George Powell and Ida H Roberts, "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927"

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