Caroline Brenchley

Brief Life History of Caroline

When Caroline Brenchley was born on 6 May 1830, in Borden, Kent, England, United Kingdom, her father, William Brenchley, was 29 and her mother, Caroline Weller, was 26. She married Thomas Lorenzo Obray on 2 August 1857, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Taylorsville, Green Township, Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States in 1870. In 1880, at the age of 50, her occupation is listed as house keeper in Paradise, Cache, Utah, United States. She died on 20 November 1910, in Paradise, Cache, Utah, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Paradise Cemetery, Paradise, Cache, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Thomas Lorenzo Obray
Caroline Brenchley
Marriage: 2 August 1857
Samuel Brenchley Obray
Sarah Ann Obray
John William Obray
Robert Henry Obray
Robert Brenchley Obray
Marion Brenchley Obray
Joseph Brenchley Obray
Ezra Thomas Obray
Ida Brenchley Obray

Sources (36)

  • Caroline Obary, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Caroline Brenchley, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • Caroline Brenchley, "United States Western States Marriage Index"

World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.


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EARLIEST KNOWN BURIAL: William Smith BIRTH 31 Mar 1852 DEATH 12 Oct 1858 (aged 6) BURIAL Paradise Cemetery Paradise, Cache County, Utah, USA PLOT M5 MEMORIAL ID 38189624

Name Meaning

English (Kent): habitational name from a place in Kent named Brenchley, from an Old English personal name Brænci (of uncertain origin) + Old English lēah ‘woodland clearing’.

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

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