Rachel Russell

Brief Life History of Rachel

When Rachel Russell was born before 12 February 1721, in Kirkby Malzeard, Yorkshire, England, her father, Stephen Russell, was 27 and her mother, Hester Pybus, was 23. She married Hardee Keele in 1742, in North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Pitt, North Carolina, United States in 1790 and Claremont, Sumter, South Carolina, United States in 1800. She died after 1800, in South Carolina, United States.

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Family Time Line

Hardee Keele
1730–1785
Rachel Russell
1721–1800
Marriage: 1742
Delphina Keel
1747–1831
Ezekiel Keel
1750–1801
William Keel
1752–1816
Simon Keel
1763–1842

Sources (6)

  • Rachel Keel, "United States Census, 1800"
  • Rachel Russell, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • Corrections, Additions and Revision to The Keel Palatine Orphans North Carolina & Virginia In The 1700's

World Events (6)

1752 · Gregorian Calendar is Adopted

Gregorian calendar was adopted in England in 1752. That year, Wednesday, September 2, 1752, was followed by Thursday, September 14th, 1752, which caused the country to skip ahead eleven days.

1754 · Seven Years' War

The Seven Years' War began as a North American conflict then stretched between England and France. England, along with allies, battled France in America, India, and Europe, making it arguably the first global war. The conflict ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1763 and England was victorious. The Seven Years' war ultimately led to discontent in the colonies and the American Revolution.

1770 · Boston Tea Party

Thousands of British troops were sent to Boston to enforce Britain's tax laws. Taxes were repealed on all imports to the American Colonies except tea. Americans, disguised as Native Americans, dumped chests of tea imported by the East India Company into the Boston Harbor in protest. This escalated tensions between the American Colonies and the British government.

Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and Irish: of Norman origin, from Old French and Anglo-Norman French r(o)ussel, a diminutive of Old French rous(e) ‘red, reddish’, used either as a nickname for someone with red hair or a ruddy complexion, or as a personal name. Compare Rouse . This Norman name has been established in Ireland since the 12th century. It has been reinforced in Britain and Ireland by Huguenot bearers of the name Roussel, of the same Old French origin.

English: habitational name from any of several places called Rushall (Norfolk, Staffordshire, Wiltshire) or possibly sometimes from Rusthall in Speldhurst (Kent). Rushall in Staffordshire derives from Old English rysc ‘rush, rushes’ + halh ‘nook, corner of land’. Rushall in Norfolk derives from an uncertain first element + Old English halh. Rushall in Wiltshire derives from an Old English personal name Rust (genitive Rustes) + halh. Rusthall in Speldhurst (Kent) probably derives from Old English rust ‘rust, rust color’ + wella ‘well, spring, stream’, but with a change in the final element due to influence from Middle English, Old English hall ‘hall, residence’, perhaps referring to a nearby building.

Americanized form of German Rüssel, from a pet form of any of various personal names formed with the element hrōd ‘fame, renown’.

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

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