Sylvester Austin De Witt

1809–1896 (Age 87)
New Jersey, United States

The Life Summary of Sylvester Austin

Sylvester Austin De Witt was born in 1809, in New Jersey, United States as the son of Mahala. He married Jane Letisa Devoe in 1850. He lived in New York, United States in 1870 and Wolcott, Wolcott, Wayne, New York, United States in 1880. He died in 1896, at the age of 87, and was buried in Aroma Park, Kankakee, Illinois, United States.

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Sylvester Austin De Witt
Salla DeWitt
Catherine DeWitt
Eugene B DeWitt
Martin DeWitt
Harriet Augusta DeWitt

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World Events (8)

Age 3
War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
Age 11
On January 28, 1820, the New Jersey Legislature incorporated the City of Jersey from parts of the Bergen Township. The city would be reincorporated two more times (January 23, 1829 and February 22, 1838) before receiving its official name. Jersey City became part of the new Hudson County in February of 1840.
1832 · The Black Hawk War
Age 23
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

Some characteristic forenames: Indian Dilip, Anirban, Gopal, Alok, Anindya, Arunava, Asit, Asok, Dibyendu, Goutam, Indra, Indranil.Indian: variant of Dey .

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

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Sources (6)

  • S Austin Dewitt, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Sylvester Dewitt, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Sylvster Austin Dewitt in entry for Harriet Augusta Webster, "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947"

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