Mary Barrett

19 July 1815–20 May 1873 (Age 57)
Ohio, United States

The Life of Mary

When Mary Barrett was born on 19 July 1815, in Ohio, United States, her father, William Goodwin Barrett, was 24 and her mother, Keziah Sharp, was 19. She married David Chance on 27 July 1833, in Clinton, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Richland Township, Clinton, Ohio, United States in 1860 and Union Township, Dallas, Iowa, United States in 1870. She died on 20 May 1873, in Dallas, Iowa, United States, at the age of 57, and was buried in Bear Creek Cemetery, Dexter, Dallas, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

David Chance
Mary Barrett
Marriage: 27 July 1833
Atwill T Chance
William Chance
Phoebe K Chance
Sarah Ann Chance

Spouse and Children

27 July 1833
Clinton, Ohio, United States


    Atwill T Chance


    William Chance


    Phoebe K Chance


    Sarah Ann Chance


Parents and Siblings



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World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 4

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
1820 · Making States Equal

Age 5

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.
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 17

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

English: of much discussed but uncertain origin.1. It may be from a medieval personal name, but if so the form is unclear. 2. Alternatively, it may be a nickname for a quarrelsome or deceitful person, from Middle English bar(r)et(t)e, bar(r)at ‘trouble’, ‘strife’, ‘deception’, ‘cheating’ (Old French barat ‘commerce’, ‘dealings’, a derivative of barater ‘to haggle’). It is possible that the original sense of barat survived unrecorded into Middle English as a word for a market trader; the Italian cognate Baratta has this sense. It could also be a nickname or metonymic occupational name from Old French barette ‘cap’, ‘bonnet’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Mary Chance in household of David Chance, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Mary Andrews in entry for Frank McCoy and Annie Allen, "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013"
  • Mary Barrett in entry for Elizabeth J Cronk, "Iowa, Death Records, 1904-1951"

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