Othniel Arthur Garnsey

10 May 1817–12 August 1885 (Age 68)
Lowville, Lewis, New York, United States

The Life of Othniel Arthur

When Othniel Arthur Garnsey was born on 10 May 1817, in Lowville, Lewis, New York, United States, his father, John Garnsey, was 30 and his mother, Sarah Coffeen, was 34. He married Emily A Torrey about 1842, in Clayton, Clayton, Jefferson, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Ellisburg, Jefferson, New York, United States in 1865 and New York, United States in 1870. He died on 12 August 1885, in Clayton, Clayton, Jefferson, New York, United States, at the age of 68, and was buried in Cape Vincent, Cape Vincent, Jefferson, New York, United States.

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Family Time Line

Othniel Arthur Garnsey
Emily A Torrey
Marriage: about 1842
Amelia M Garnsey
George Garnsey
William Guernsey
Clarinda E Garnsey
Archibald Garnsey

Spouse and Children

about 1842
Clayton, Clayton, Jefferson, New York, United States


    Amelia M Garnsey


    William Guernsey


    Clarinda E Garnsey


    George Garnsey


    Archibald Garnsey


Parents and Siblings


    Sarah Coffeen





    Francis Deveraux Garnsey



    Zaleyette Garnsey


    Moses Coffeen Garnsey


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World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 2

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 10

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.
1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 19

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

Name Meaning

English:1. Norman habitational name for someone from Germisay in Haut-Marne, France. 2. habitational name from Guernsey in the Channel Islands.

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

Sources (3)

  • Othniel Gurnsey, "New York State Census, 1875"
  • Othinel Gurnsey, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Othenile Gurnsey, "United States Census, 1870"

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