Pleasant Wiley Bishop

Brief Life History of Pleasant Wiley

When Pleasant Wiley Bishop was born on 6 April 1832, in Carroll, Indiana, United States, his father, William Gurney Bishop, was 48 and his mother, Rebecca Jane Briggs, was 39. He married Harriet Barrackman before 20 April 1853, in Money Creek Township, McLean, Illinois, United States. He lived in Money Creek Township, McLean, Illinois, United States for about 20 years. He died on 30 January 1918, in Franklin Township, Story, Iowa, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Zion Bishop Cemetery, Towanda, McLean, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

Pleasant Wiley Bishop
1832–1918
Amelia Ann Timmons
1832–1886
Marriage: 20 April 1853
Laura Bishop
1855–1871
Ellen Bishop
1857–1939
William Henry Bishop
1859–1926
Charles Frederick Bishop
1861–1944
Rebecca Bishop
1865–1945
Mark D Bishop
1867–1959
Thornton Gurney Bishop
1869–1947
Alva Johnson Bishop
1874–1961

Sources (37)

  • Pleasant Bishop, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Pleasant W Bishop, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"
  • Pleasant Wiley Bishop, "United States Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1949"

World Events (8)

1836 · Remember the Alamo

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

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.

1856 · The Town of Santa Claus

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

English: from Middle English bissop, biscop, Old English bisc(e)op ‘bishop’, which comes via Latin from Greek episkopos ‘overseer’. The Greek word was adopted early in the Christian era as a title for an overseer of a local community of Christians, and has yielded cognates in every European language: French évêque, Italian vescovo, Spanish obispo, Russian yepiskop, German Bischof, etc. The word came to be applied as a surname for a variety of reasons, among them a supposed resemblance in bearing or appearance to a bishop, and selection as the ‘boy bishop’ on Saint Nicholas's Feast Day. In some instances the surname is from the rare Middle English (Old English) personal name Biscop ‘bishop’. As an Irish surname it is adopted for Mac Giolla Easpaig, meaning ‘servant of the bishop’ (see Gillespie ). In North America, this surname has absorbed, by assimilation and translation, at least some of continental European cognates, e.g. German Bischoff , Polish, Rusyn, Czech, and Slovak Biskup , Slovenian Škof (see Skoff ).

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

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