Abraham Rivers

23 December 1804–19 June 1880 (Age 75)
Bremhill, Wiltshire, England

The Life Summary of Abraham

Abraham Rivers was born on 23 December 1804, in Bremhill, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom. He married Hannah Dowswell on 25 September 1826, in Cheltenham St Mary, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Devizes, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom in 1851. In 1880, at the age of 75, his occupation is listed as mason in Farmington, Davis, Utah, United States. He died on 19 June 1880, in Farmington, Davis, Utah, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Abraham Rivers
Hannah Dowswell
Marriage: 25 September 1826
Mary Rivers
Martha Rivers
about 1841–1842
Thomas Rivers
James Rivers
Emma Sophia Rivers
Jane Dowswell Rivers
Anne Rivers
James Rivers
Martha Rivers

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    25 September 1826Cheltenham St Mary, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
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    World Events (8)

    Age 4
    Atlantic slave trade abolished.
    Age 11
    The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.
    1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State
    Age 23
    During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.

    Name Meaning

    English: variant of River , with post-medieval excrescent -s.Americanized form (translation into English) of French Larivière (see Lariviere ).

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

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    Story Highlight


    Abraham Rivers was born at Bremhill, England in 1804. His mother was Jane Rivers. Although she was not married when he was born, she later married John Bessant, and Abraham listed him as his father. A …

    Sources (64)

    • Abram Rivers, "United States Census, 1870"
    • Abraham in entry for Hannah Rivers, "Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1849-1949"
    • Abraham Rivers at Devizes Prison, "England and Wales Census, 1851"

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