Tryphosa Harvey

16 April 1806–23 October 1856 (Age 50)
Waterford, Caledonia, Vermont, United States

The Life of Tryphosa

When Tryphosa Harvey was born on 16 April 1806, in Waterford, Caledonia, Vermont, United States, her father, Silas Harvey, was 29 and her mother, Dorothy Cushman, was 24. She had at least 1 son and 1 daughter with Levi Silvester. She lived in Barnet, Caledonia, Vermont, United States in 1850. She died on 23 October 1856, in Waterford, Caledonia, Vermont, United States, at the age of 50, and was buried in West Waterford, Waterford, Caledonia, Vermont, United States.

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Levi Silvester
Tryphosa Harvey
Charles Sylvester
Ellen M. Silvester

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    Levi Silvester





    Charles Sylvester


    Ellen M. Silvester


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World Events (7)


Age 2

Atlantic slave trade abolished.

Age 6

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
1820 · Making States Equal

Age 14

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.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: from the Breton personal name Aeruiu or Haerviu, composed of the elements haer ‘battle’, ‘carnage’+ vy ‘worthy’, which was brought to England by Breton followers of William the Conqueror, for the most part in the Gallicized form Hervé. (The change from -er- to -ar- was a normal development in Middle English and Old French.) Reaney believes that the surname is also occasionally from a Norman personal name, Old German Herewig, composed of the Germanic elements hari, heri ‘army’ + wīg ‘war’.2 Irish: mainly of English origin, in Ulster and County Wexford, but sometimes a shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hAirmheadhaigh ‘descendant of Airmheadhach’, a personal name probably meaning ‘esteemed’. It seems to be a derivative of Airmheadh, the name borne by a mythological physician.3 Irish (County Fermanagh): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hEarchaidh ‘descendant of Earchadh’, a personal name of uncertain origin.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Triphosa Sylvester in household of Levi Sylvester, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Triphosa in entry for Ellen M. Sylvester Otis, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Tryphena Harvey in entry for Charles Augustus Sylvester, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915"

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