Violet Plaster

1811–before 1839 (Age 28)
Patrick, Virginia, United States

The Life of Violet

When Violet Plaster was born in 1811, in Patrick, Virginia, United States, her father, Conrad Plaster, was 36 and her mother, Hannah Howell, was 36. She married David Griffith on 1 March 1831, in Patrick, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. She died before 1839, in her hometown, at the age of 27.

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David Griffith
Violet Plaster
Marriage: 1 March 1831
Roxana A. Griffith
Adaline Griffith
Jane Griffith
Fleming Griffith

Spouse and Children

1 March 1831
Patrick, Virginia, United States


Parents and Siblings



    John James Plaster Sr


    Elizabeth Plaster


    Michael Plaster


    Jonas Plaster



+6 More Children

World Events (7)


Age 1

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
1812 · Monumental Church Built

Age 1

The Monumental Church was built between 1812-1814 on the sight where the Richmond Theatre fire had taken place. It is a monument to those that died in the fire.
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 8

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. 

Name Meaning

1 English and North German: metonymic occupational name for a plasterer, from Middle English, Middle Low German plaster (from Latin emplastrum ‘(wound) plaster’ (originally a paste), from Greek emplastron, a derivative of emplassein ‘to shape or form’; the term was carried over into building terminology to mean ‘bonding agent’).2 English: habitational name from any of various places called Plaistow (in East London, Derbyshire, Sussex, and elsewhere), from Old English plegestōw ‘place where people gather for sport or play’. This can also be a variant of Plaisted (through interchangeable use of the Old English elements stōw and stede, both meaning ‘place’, in earlier times).3 German and Ashkenazic Jewish (Pflaster): from Middle High German pflaster (German Pflaster, from Latin plastrum) ‘street pavement’, ‘pavement’, cognate with 1.

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

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Sources (3)

  • V. Griffith in entry for Alexander Moran and Rox. Griffith, "Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940"
  • Violet Plasters, "Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940"
  • Vila in entry for Fleming Griffith and Mary A. Conner, "Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940"

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