Rebecca Shumway

4 September 1831–4 February 1875 (Age 43)
Phelps, Ontario, New York, United States

The Life of Rebecca

When Rebecca Shumway was born on 4 September 1831, in Phelps, Ontario, New York, United States, her father, Isaac W Shumway, was 44 and her mother, Mary Evans, was 44. She had at least 1 son and 1 daughter with Smith Mesick. She lived in Arcadia, Wayne, New York, United States in 1860 and Kalamazoo Township, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States in 1870. She died on 4 February 1875, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States, at the age of 43, and was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States.

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Smith Mesick
Rebecca Shumway
Alice Mary Mesick
William Smith Mesick

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World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 1

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.

Age 6

Michigan is the 26th state.

Age 15

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

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: unexplained; possibly of French origin.

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

Sources (3)

  • Mary E Hunt in household of Joseph Hunt, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Rebecca Hunt in household of Joseph Hunt, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Rebecca Shumway in household of Isaac Shumway, "United States Census, 1850"

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