Elizabeth Chase

30 December 1820–after 1881 (Age 60)
Dresden, Washington, New York, United States

The Life of Elizabeth

When Elizabeth Chase was born on 30 December 1820, in Dresden, Washington, New York, United States, her father, Henry Chase, was 42 and her mother, Sybil Brewster, was 34. She married Orisan Willsey on 9 February 1843, in Dresden, Washington, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Illinois, United States in 1870 and Ophir Township, LaSalle, Illinois, United States for about 30 years. She died after 1881, in La Salle, LaSalle, Illinois, United States, at the age of 62.

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Orisan Willsey
Elizabeth Chase
Marriage: 9 February 1843
Lucy Adelaid Willsey
Laurison Salveski Willsey
Edgar Percival Willsey
Robert DeForest Willsey
Marion Aramenta Willsey
Royal E. Willsey
Laura Minettae Willsey
Alice Marie Willsey
Adela Francis Willsey
Henry H. Willsey

Spouse and Children

9 February 1843
Dresden, Washington, New York, United States


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World Events (8)

1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land

Age 1

A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 7

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.
1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 19

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.

Name Meaning

1 English: metonymic occupational name for a huntsman, or rather a nickname for an exceptionally skilled huntsman, from Middle English chase ‘hunt’ (Old French chasse, from chasser ‘to hunt’, Latin captare).2 Southern French: topographic name for someone who lived in or by a house, probably the occupier of the most distinguished house in the village, from a southern derivative of Latin casa ‘hut’, ‘cottage’, ‘cabin’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Betsey Willsey in household of Royal Willsey, "United States Census, 1900"
  • B Wilsey in household of Orison Wilsey, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Betsey Wilsey in household of Orison Wilsey, "United States Census, 1870"

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