John William Simister

16 June 1846–13 January 1904 (Age 57)
New Mills, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of John William

When John William Simister was born on 16 June 1846, in New Mills, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, James Simister, was 24 and his mother, Mary Ann Openshaw, was 22. He married Mary Elizabeth Brierly in 1865, in England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Fernilee, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom in 1861 and Wyoming, United States in 1870. He died on 13 January 1904, in Coalville, Summit, Utah, United States, at the age of 57, and was buried in Coalville, Summit, Utah, United States.

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John William Simister
Mary Elizabeth Brierly
Marriage: 1865
James William Simister
Mary E Simister
John Henry Simister
Hannah Simister
Elizabeth May Simister
Mary Amelia Simister
Ellen Isabella Simister
Amy Lillian Simister
Joseph Simister
Hyrum Simister

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    1865England, United Kingdom
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    World Events (7)

    1854 · The Crimean War
    Age 8
    The Crimean War was fought between Russia and an alliance of Britain, France, Sardinia and Turkey on the Crimean Peninsula. Russia had put pressure on Turkey which threatened British interests in the Middle East.
    Age 17
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
    1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg
    Age 17
    The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.

    Name Meaning

    1 English: occupational name, variant of Sumpster (Middle English somester) with unrounding of /u/ to /ɪ/ before the nasal consonant. This is a post-medieval dialect feature of NW England and SW England, and perhaps also of the NW Midlands. Compare Simmers for Summers , Simnor for Sumner, Simpson for Sumsion .2 English: occupational name from Middle English semester (Old English sēamestre) ‘sewer, tailor, sempstress’. The medieval name is mostly borne by women, and as such may not have become hereditary, but there are also a few men so named. Compare Seamer .

    Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland © University of the West of England 2016

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    History of John W. Simister

    This short history of John W. Simister was gathered together by his daughter Mrs. Margaret A. Simister Lee and was written in the interest of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers. Transcribed from original …

    Sources (76)

    • John Simester, "United States Census, 1870"
    • J W Simister in entry for Arthur Kay Foulger and Clara S Stevenson, "Utah, Weber County Marriages, 1887-1941"
    • Simister in entry for Elizabeth Simister, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1965"

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