Samuel Wilson Bay

Brief Life History of Samuel Wilson

When Samuel Wilson Bay was born in 1832, in Boone, Indiana, United States, his father, John M Bay, was 29 and his mother, Matilda Wilson, was 28. He married Mary Campbell on 3 July 1857, in Randolph, Columbia, Wisconsin, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. He died from 1863 to 1870, in Randolph, Columbia, Wisconsin, United States.

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Samuel Wilson Bay
Mary Campbell
Marriage: 3 July 1857
Matilda Mary Bay
Elma Idella Bay

Sources (7)

  • Watson S Bay, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Sam'l. W. Bay, "Wisconsin Marriages, 1836-1930"
  • U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865

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1832 · The Black Hawk War

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

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.


U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

English, French, and Walloon: nickname for someone with chestnut or auburn hair, from Middle English, Old French bay, bai ‘reddish brown’ (from Latin badius, used originally of horses).

English: from the Middle English personal name Baye, Old English Bēaga (masculine) or Bēage (feminine), both from bēag ‘ring’.

English: topographic name from Middle English bei ‘ring, bend’ (Old English bēag), used topographically for features such as river-bends.

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

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