Sophia Dillon

Brief Life History of Sophia

When Sophia Dillon was born on 1 January 1830, in Queen's County, Ireland, her father, Joseph Dillon, was 34 and her mother, Elizabeth Braithwaite, was 35. She married Charles Fenwick Crandall about 1850, in Troy, Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Pennsylvania, United States in 1870 and Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois, United States in 1880. She died on 31 May 1899, at the age of 69.

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Charles Fenwick Crandall
Sophia Dillon
Marriage: about 1850
Lydia Crandall
George F. Crandall

Sources (7)

  • Sophia Crandall in household of Chas Crandall, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Sophia Dillion Crandall, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Miss Sophia Dillon in entry for Charles F Crandall, "United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011"

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World Events (8)

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.


Historical Boundaries: 1834: Illinois, United States 1836: Winnebago, Illinois, United States

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Name Meaning

English, Irish, and French: from the Norman French personal name Dillon, arising from the ancient Germanic Dillo (of uncertain origin, perhaps a byname from the root dil- ‘destroy’).

English: habitational name from Dilwyn in Herefordshire, recorded in 1138 as Dilun, probably from Old English dīglum, dative plural of dīgle ‘settlement at the shady or secret places’.

Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Duilleáin ‘descendant of Duilleán’, a personal name, a variant of Dallán meaning ‘little blind one’.

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

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