Maria Celeste Mathews

21 March 1837–7 November 1868 (Age 31)
Monroe, Mississippi, United States

The Life Summary of Maria Celeste

When Maria Celeste Mathews was born on 21 March 1837, in Monroe, Mississippi, United States, her father, William Mathews, was 29 and her mother, Elizabeth Adeline Henderson, was 29. She married William Donnal in 1851, in Beaver, Beaver, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States in 1852. She died on 7 November 1868, in Beaver, Beaver, Utah, United States, at the age of 31, and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery, Beaver, Beaver, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Donnal
Maria Celeste Mathews
Marriage: 1851
Alice Mathews

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  • Marriage
    1851Beaver, Beaver, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (6)

    Age 9
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    1850 · Los Angeles Is Incorporated
    Age 13
    Los Angeles was incorporated as a municipality on April 4, 1850.
    1857 · 7.9 Earthquake In Fort Tejon
    Age 20
    The Fort Tejon earthquake, on January 9, 1857, registered at 7.9, making it one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded in the United States. Only two people were killed, largely due to the sparse population in the area where the earthquake occurred. As a result of the large scale shaking, the Kern River was turned upstream and fish were stranded miles from Tulare Lake as the waters were rocked so far from its banks.

    Name Meaning

    English: patronymic from Mathew ; a variant of Matthews . In North America, this surname has absorbed various cognates from other languages.History: Among the earliest bearers of the name in North America was Samuel Mathews (c. 1600–c. 1657), who came to VA from London c. 1618. He established a plantation at the mouth of the Warwick River, which was at first called Mathews Manor; later its name was changed to Denbigh. He was one of the most powerful and influential men in the early affairs of the colony. He (or possibly his son, who bore the same name) was governor of the colony from 1657 until his death in 1660.

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

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    Sources (11)

    • Maria S Matthews in household of Elizth A Matthews, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Maria Matthews in household of William Matthews, "United States Census, 1850"
    • Mary Mathews in entry for Henry Bracken and Alice Mathews, "Massachusetts, Marriages, 1695-1910"

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