DeWitt Wilburt Needham

20 July 1860–13 March 1923 (Age 62)
Mount Pleasant Township, Cass, Missouri, United States

The Life of DeWitt Wilburt

When DeWitt Wilburt Needham was born on 20 July 1860, in Mount Pleasant Township, Cass, Missouri, United States, his father, Sampson Piersol Needham, was 27 and his mother, Sarah Emily McKean, was 22. He married Mary Blanche Hayes on 14 October 1885, in Boone, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. He died on 13 March 1923, in Fairmont, Martin, Minnesota, United States, at the age of 62, and was buried in Lakeside Cemetery, Fairmont Township, Martin, Minnesota, United States.

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DeWitt Wilburt Needham
Mary Blanche Hayes
Marriage: 14 October 1885
Ethel Florence Needham
Melvin Austin Needham
Harold Spencer Needham
Hazel Emily Needham
Marcellus Hayes Needham
Harriette Catherine Needham
Gertrude Needham

Spouse and Children

14 October 1885
Boone, Iowa, United States


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World Events (8)

1862 · The Dakota Conflict/War

Age 2

The Dakota War was an armed conflict between the United States and several bands of Dakota Native Americans. It began along the Minnesota River four years after Minnesota was admitted as a state. The Dakota made attacks on hundreds of settlers, which resulted in their deaths. A military tribunal sentenced 303 Dakota men to death for their crimes but 264 of them were exonerated. The remaining 38 were apart of a mass hanging on December 26 that same year. It was the largest mass execution in United States history.

Age 3

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 21

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

Name Meaning

1 English: habitational name from places in Derbyshire, Norfolk, and Suffolk, so named from Old English nēd ‘need’, ‘hardship’ + hām ‘homestead’, i.e. a place that provided a poor living.2 Irish (County Mayo): English surname adopted as an equivalent of Irish Ó Niadh ( see Nee ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Dwight Needham, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Dewitt W Needham, "Minnesota State Census, 1905"
  • Dewitt W Needham, "United States Census, 1920"

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