Mary Ellen Isbell

about July 1821–7 May 1909 (Age 87)
Surry, North Carolina, United States

The Life of Mary Ellen

When Mary Ellen Isbell was born about July 1821, in Surry, North Carolina, United States, her father, Littleton Isbell, was 32 and her mother, Caran Carey, was 26. She married Benjamin Vance Weeks in 1847, in North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in McDowell, North Carolina, United States in 1860 and Henrietta, Rutherford, North Carolina, United States in 1900. She died on 7 May 1909, in Chattanooga, Hamilton, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Forest Hills Cemetery, Chattanooga, Hamilton, Tennessee, United States.

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Family Time Line

Benjamin Vance Weeks
Mary Ellen Isbell
Marriage: 1847
Simpson J Weeks
Louisa A Weeks
Martha Cara Weeks
George W Weeks
Ann Elizabeth Weeks
Samuel Vance Weeks
Annie E Weeks
Erwin Woodville Weeks

Spouse and Children

North Carolina, United States


    Simpson J Weeks


    Martha Cara Weeks


    George W Weeks


    Ann Elizabeth Weeks


    Louisa A Weeks


+3 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+2 More Children

World Events (8)

1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 4

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
1830 · Trail of Tears

Age 9

In the 1830's, President Jackson called for all the Native Americans to be forced off their own land. As the Cherokee were forced out of North Carolina many of them hid in the mountains of North Carolina.

Age 25

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

Name Meaning

English: from the female personal name Isabel(l)(a). This originated as a variant of Elizabeth, a name which owed its popularity in medieval Europe to the fact that it was borne by John the Baptist's mother. The original form of the name was Hebrew Elisheva ‘my God (is my) oath’; it appears thus in Exodus 6:23 as the name of Aaron's wife. By New Testament times the second element had been altered to Hebrew shabat ‘rest’, ‘Sabbath’. The form Isabella originated in Spain, the initial syllable being detached because of its resemblance to the definite article el, and the final one being assimilated to the characteristic Spanish feminine ending -ella. The name in this form was introduced to France in the 13th century, being borne by a sister of St. Louis who lived as a nun after declining marriage with the Holy Roman Emperor. Thence it was taken to England, where it achieved considerable popularity as an independent personal name alongside its doublet Elizabeth.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Mary Weeks in household of Benj Weeks, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Mary Weeks in household of Ervin Weeks, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Mary Weeks, "United States Census, 1880"

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