Elizabeth Paul

10 April 1831–23 August 1908 (Age 77)
Henry, Indiana, United States

The Life of Elizabeth

When Elizabeth Paul was born on 10 April 1831, in Henry, Indiana, United States, her father, Joseph Paul, was 25 and her mother, Mary Cummins, was 25. She married Dr. Sylvester B Farley on 23 August 1849, in Mahaska, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Cedar Township, Mahaska, Iowa, United States in 1860 and Palmyra Township, Warren, Iowa, United States in 1870. She died on 23 August 1908, at the age of 77, and was buried in Palmyra Cemetery, Palmyra, Warren, Iowa, United States.

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Dr. Sylvester B Farley
Elizabeth Paul
Marriage: 23 August 1849
William W Farley
Joseph Harvey Farley
Mary Jane Farley
Abner Farley
Arstella Isadore Farley
Martha Alvira Farley

Spouse and Children

23 August 1849
Mahaska, Iowa, United States


    William W Farley


    Joseph Harvey Farley


    Mary Jane Farley


    Abner Farley


    Arstella Isadore Farley


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World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 1

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.
1836 · The Massive Internal Improvements Act

Age 5

The Massive Internal Improvements Act of 1836 loaned Indiana $10,000,000 to create infrastructure such as canals, railroads, and roads across the state. The act was signed by Whig Governor Noah Noble and passed by the Indiana General Assembly. However, the financial crisis known as the Panic of 1837 thwarted these plans as costs ballooned. Construction on the infrastructure was not completed and the state debt rapidly increased.
1856 · The Town of Santa Claus

Age 25

The town of Santa Fe was denied their application for a United States Postal Service as a town of Santa Fe, Indiana, was already established. Several meetings were held and the name was changed to Santa Claus, Indiana. The United States Postal Service granted their application. Due to the name, the post office in Santa Claus continues to receive thousands of letters to Santa Claus from children around the world each December.

Name Meaning

1 English, French, German, and Dutch: from the personal name Paul (Latin Paulus ‘small’), which has always been popular in Christendom. It was the name adopted by the Pharisee Saul of Tarsus after his conversion to Christianity on the road to Damascus in about ad 34 . He was a most energetic missionary to the Gentiles in the Roman Empire, and played a very significant role in establishing Christianity as a major world religion. The name was borne also by numerous other early saints. The American surname has absorbed cognates from other European languages, for example Greek Pavlis and its many derivatives. It is also occasionally borne by Jews; the reasons for this are not clear.2 Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Phóil ‘son of Paul’. Compare McFall .3 Catalan (Paül): habitational name from any of several places named Paül.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Elizabeth Farley in household of Sylvester Farley, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Elizabeth Farley in household of Sylvester Farley, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Elizabeth Farley in household of Sylvester Farley, "United States Census, 1850"

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