William Gesford

1839–1871 (Age 32)
Quincy, Adams, Illinois, United States

The Life of William

William Gesford was born in 1839, in Quincy, Adams, Illinois, United States. He married Susan A Crow on 17 December 1862, in Hancock, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He died on 7 June 1871, at the age of 32, and was buried in Farmer City, DeWitt, Illinois, United States.

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William Gesford
Susan A Crow
Marriage: 17 December 1862
Ella Enima Gesford

Spouse and Children

17 December 1862
Hancock, Illinois, United States


World Events (7)

1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 0

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.

Age 7

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1848 · Chicago Board of Trade is organized

Age 9

Starting as a voluntary association to help buyers and sellers meet to negotiate and make contracts. The Chicago Board of Trade is one of the oldest futures and options exchanges in the world and it is open 22 hours per day to stay competitive.

Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of German Gepfert, one of the many variants of Gottfried , or from a personal name formed with the stem Geb- as in Gebhardt .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Wm H Gespert, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"
  • William Gesford in entry for Charles Horney and Ella Gesford, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"
  • William H Gespert, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934"

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