Obadiah Silkwood

Maleabout 1819–

Brief Life History of Obadiah

When Obadiah Silkwood was born about 1819, in Greene, Illinois, United States, his father, Obadiah Evans-Silkwood, was 30 and his mother, Sarah Sally Snider, was 31. He married Margaret Fergeson on 11 March 1849, in Greene, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son.

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Obadiah Silkwood
Margaret Fergeson
Marriage: 11 March 1849
William Henry Silkwood

Sources (2)

  • Obadiah Silkwood, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"
  • Obedire Silkwood in entry for William Henry Silkwood, "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    11 March 1849Greene, Illinois, United States
  • Children (1)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (13)

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    World Events (8)

    1819 · Panic! of 1819

    Age 0

    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. 


    Age 2

    Historical Boundaries: 1821: Greene, Illinois, United States

    1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

    Age 37

    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

    Probably an English habitational name from a place so named, for example Silk Wood in Gloucestershire or Silkwood Top in Devon. However, the surname does not appear in present-day English records.

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

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