William Emmitt Peoples

Brief Life History of William Emmitt

William Emmitt Peoples was born on 20 May 1827, in Broad Ford, Connellsville Township, Fayette, Pennsylvania, United States. He married Larue Graft about 1850. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Sewickley Township, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, United States in 1870 and South Huntingdon Township, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, United States in 1880. He died on 31 May 1889, at the age of 62.

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William Emmitt Peoples
Larue Graft
Marriage: about 1850
Mary Peoples
Catherine Peoples
Samuel Peoples
Eliza Peoples
Anson Burlingham Peoples
Euphemia Peoples
William Sherman Peoples
John Logan Peoples

Sources (6)

  • Willian Peoples, "United States Census, 1880"
  • William Peoples in entry for William S. Peoples and Elizabeth Jane Shoaf, "Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950"
  • William Peoples, "United States Census, 1870"

World Events (7)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

1830 · The Oregon Trail

Many people started their 2,170-mile West trek to settle the land found by Louis and Clark. They used large-wheeled wagons to pack most of their belongings and were guided by trails that were made by the previous trappers and traders who walked the area. Over time the trail needed annual improvements to make the trip faster and safer. Most of Interstate 80 and 84 cover most of the ground that was the original trail.


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

Name Meaning

Irish (Donegal): adopted as an English equivalent of Gaelic Ó Duibhne ‘descendant of Dubhne’, see Deeney . Peoples is a pseudo-translation based on the perceived resemblance of the Irish name to Gaelic daoine ‘people’.

English: variant of People , with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s.

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

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