Richard Benjamin Viets

23 April 1830–24 July 1863 (Age 33)
Granby, Hartford, Connecticut, United States

The Life of Richard Benjamin

When Richard Benjamin Viets was born on 23 April 1830, in Granby, Hartford, Connecticut, United States, his father, Levi Viets, was 43 and his mother, Sarah Dibble, was 38. He died on 24 July 1863, in Hartford, Connecticut, United States, at the age of 33, and was buried in East Granby, Hartford, Connecticut, United States.

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Levi Viets
Sarah Dibble
Levi Clinton Viets
Richard Benjamin Viets

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    Richard Benjamin Viets


World Events (6)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 2

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 6

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

Age 16

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

Name Meaning

North German: patronymic from Viet, North German form of Veit .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Richard Viets in household of Levi Viets, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Richard B. Viets, "Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934"
  • Richard B. Viets, "Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934"

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