Bernard Crosby Whitman

25 October 1827–5 August 1885 (Age 57)
Waltham, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Bernard Crosby

When Bernard Crosby Whitman was born on 25 October 1827, in Waltham, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Reverend Bernard Whitman, was 31 and his mother, Elizabeth Heywood Crosby, was 23. He married Mary Elizabeth Church on 14 July 1857, in California, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Benicia Judicial Township, Solano, California, United States in 1860. He died on 5 August 1885, in San Francisco, California, United States, at the age of 57, and was buried in California, United States.

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Bernard Crosby Whitman
Mary Elizabeth Church
Marriage: 14 July 1857
Crosby Church Whitman

Spouse and Children

14 July 1857
California, United States


    Crosby Church Whitman


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World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 3

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1830 · The Oregon Trail

Age 3

Many people started their 2,170-mile West trek to settle the land found by Louis and Clark. They used large-wheeled wagons to pack most of their belongings and were guided by trails that were made by the previous trappers and traders who walked the area. Over time the trail needed annual improvements to make the trip faster and safer. Most of Interstate 80 and 84 cover most of the ground that was the original trail.

Age 19

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

Name Meaning

English: from Middle English whit ‘white’ + man ‘man’, either a nickname with the same sense as White , or else an occupational name for a servant of a bearer of the nickname White .

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • B C Whitman, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Bernard C Whitman, "California, Oakland, Mountain View Cemetery Records, 1857-1973"
  • Bernard C Whitman in entry for Mary E Whitman, "United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925"

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