William Newton Pfost

about 1860–1953 (Age 93)
West Virginia, United States

The Life of William Newton

William Newton Pfost was born about 1860, in West Virginia, United States. He married Mrs William Newton Pfost about 1885, in Midway, Wasatch, Utah, United States. He died in 1953, at the age of 93.

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William Newton Pfost
Mrs William Newton Pfost
Marriage: about 1885

Spouse and Children

about 1885
Midway, Wasatch, Utah, United States

World Events (8)


Age 3

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Age 3

"West Virginia was given statehood status with the ""agreement"" the citizens would phase out slavery. On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln approved the Statehood Bill for West Virginia. West Virginia was proclaimed a state on April 20, 1863, with the bill becoming effective 60 days later, June 20, 1863. When West Virginia first entered statehood in 1863, there were only 46 counties. That same year, four other counties voted themselves into West Virginia. Today, there are 55 counties in the Mountain State. The oldest county in the state is Hamsphire County formed in 1754 as part of Virginia. The youngest county is Mingo formed in 1895. The smallest county is Hancock located in the northern panhandle of the state with Randolph being the largest. When the Legislature convened for its first session, there were only 47 members of the House of Delegates and 18 members of the State Senate. Through the years, the number has increased to 100 members of the House of Delegates and 34 members of the State Senate."

Age 26

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

Name Meaning

German: from Middle High German pfost ‘stake’, ‘post’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker of stakes or posts or a topographic name for someone living near a prominent stake.

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • William N Pfost in entry for William H Pfost and Miriam Stone, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"
  • Wm Pfash in entry for Lula W Pfash, "Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1849-1949"
  • William Knudsen in entry for William Lafayette Pfost, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"

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