Phila Place

Brief Life History of Phila

When Phila Place was born in 1817, in New York, United States, her father, Abner Place, was 39 and her mother, Amy Hicks, was 33. She married Henry Van Valkenburg in 1838, in Halcott, Greene, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Lexington, Greene, New York, United States for about 30 years. She died on 18 January 1901, at the age of 84.

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Henry Van Valkenburg
Phila Place
Marriage: 1838
Mary Elizabeth Van Valkenburg
Wilbur Van Valkenburg
Permilla Or Amelia Van Valkenburgh
Abner Van Valkenburgh
Amelia Van Valkenburg
Harriet Van Valkenburg
about 1855–
James Gilbert Van Valkenburgh
Emerson Van Valkenburg
Victor Van Valkenburg
Olga Van Valkenburgh

Sources (5)

  • Fila Van Valkenbergh, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Phila Van in household of Henry Van, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Phila Van Valkenburgh in household of Henry Van Valkenburgh, "New York State Census, 1875"

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World Events (7)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

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.


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

Name Meaning

English and French: topographic name for someone who lived in the main market square of a town or village, from Middle English, Old French place (from Late Latin platea (via) ‘broad street, free public open space in a town’). Compare French Laplace .

English: topographic name for someone who lived near a quickset fence, from Middle English pleis (from Latin plexum, past participle of plectere ‘to plait or weave’).

French (Placé): habitational name from a place so named in Mayenne.

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

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