George Wesley Whittier

Brief Life History of George Wesley

When George Wesley Whittier was born on 8 April 1836, in China, Kennebec, Maine, United States, his father, John Colby Whittier, was 22 and his mother, Rebecca Burgess, was 21. He lived in Camden, Waldo, Maine, United States in 1850. He died on 10 March 1855, in Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 18.

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John Colby Whittier
Rebecca Burgess
George Wesley Whittier
Charles Greenleaf Whittier
John Franklin Whittier
Joseph Wilson Whittier
Frederick Augustus Whittier
Isidore A Whiten
Oscar Dunreath Whittier
Elizabeth Adeline Whittier
Henry Lincoln Whittier
Edward Alonzo Whittier
Rose Barrows Whittier
Mary Abigail Whittier

Sources (1)

  • George W Whiten in household of John C Whiten, "United States Census, 1850"

World Events (4)

1838 · The Aroostook War

"An international incident referred to as the Aroostook War or ""Pork and Beans War"". The conflict resulted as part of an international boundary dispute between the United States. Although several British soldiers were captured, nobody was killed during the war. In fact, local militia units did not engage in any significant combat. One of the most dramatic events was actually when two Canadian militia were injured by Black Bears."

1842 · Webster–Ashburton Treaty

The Webster-Ashburton Treaty was signed on August 9, 1842 and resolved the border issues between the United States and British North American colonies which had caused the Aroostook War. The treaty contained several agreements and concessions. It called for an end on the overseas slave trade and proposed that both parties share the Great Lakes. It also reaffirmed the location of the westward frontier border (near the Rocky Mountains) as well as the border between Lake Superior and Lake of the Woods. The treaty was signed by Daniel Webster (United States Secretary of State) and Alexander Baring (British Diplomat, 1st Baron Ashburton).


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

Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a dresser of white leather, someone who tawed skins into whitleather, from Middle English whīt ‘white’ + tawyere, towyere, tewere, an agent noun from West Saxon Old English tāwian, Anglian tēwian ‘to taw’.

History: John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–92), poet and active opponent of slavery, was descended from Thomas Whittier, who came to MA from England in 1638.

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

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