Philena Jane Colton

24 August 1844–31 March 1869 (Age 24)
Carthage Township, Hancock, Illinois, United States

The Life Summary of Philena Jane

When Philena Jane Colton was born on 24 August 1844, in Carthage Township, Hancock, Illinois, United States, her father, Andrew Colton, was 26 and her mother, Fidelia Reed, was 25. She married Joseph Head in August 1867, in Carthage Township, Hancock, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She lived in Weber, Utah, United States in 1850 and Doniphan, Doniphan, Kansas, United States in 1865. She died on 31 March 1869, in Doniphan, Kansas, United States, at the age of 24.

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Joseph Head
Philena Jane Colton
Marriage: August 1867

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  • Marriage
    August 1867Carthage Township, Hancock, Illinois, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1845 · Oh My Father
    Age 1
    "In October 1845, the newspaper Times and Seasons published a poem written by Eliza R. Snow entitled ""My Father in Heaven."" It has become the well known hymn, ""Oh My Father."" The song is only one in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hymnbook that referrs to a Heavenly Mother."
    Age 2
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    Age 10
    Bleeding Kansas was a time period between the years 1854 and 1861 with a series of violent confrontations over whether slavery would be legal in Kansas Territory.

    Name Meaning

    English (Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire): habitational name from any of various places called Colton in England. Examples in Norfolk, Staffordshire, and North Yorkshire are from the Old English personal name Cola (or the cognate Old Norse Koli; see Cole 2) + Old English tūn ‘enclosure, settlement’. The place so named in Somerset has as its first element the Old English personal name Cūla (of uncertain origin). The one in Cumbria has a river name apparently derived from a Celtic word meaning ‘hazel’. This English name is also common in Ireland; it was the name of a bishop of Derry in 1397. There seems also to have been confusion with Culliton .Scottish and Irish (Monaghan): shortened and altered form of Gaelic Mac Haldan, ‘son of Haldan’, see Haldane .

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

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    Sources (7)

    • Philena J Colson in household of Andrew Colson, "United States Census, 1850"
    • Jane Colton in household of Andrew Colton, "Kansas State Census, 1865"
    • Philena Jane Colton, "Illinois, Hancock County, Nauvoo Community Project, 1839-1846 (BYU Center for Family History and Genealogy)"

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