William John Short

24 July 1814–30 April 1878 (Age 63)
Devon, England, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of William John

When William John Short was born on 24 July 1814, in Devon, England, United Kingdom, his father, Stephen Short, was 40 and his mother, Elizabeth Adams, was 37. He married Elizabeth Curtis on 27 October 1834, in Islington, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. He died on 30 April 1878, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 63, and was buried in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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William John Short
Elizabeth Curtis
Marriage: 27 October 1834
Stephen William Short
Ann Short
Elizabeth Dobney Short
Charles Short
Samuel Joseph Short
Ellick Short
Mary Ann Short
William Edward Short

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    27 October 1834Islington, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
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    World Events (7)

    Age 1
    The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.
    1819 · Panic! of 1819
    Age 5
    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. 
    1832 · The Black Hawk War
    Age 18
    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.

    Name Meaning

    (1997: 20128;2007: 42715; 2010: 57477)English: nickname for a short person, from Middle English short ‘short’ (Old English sceort).English: topographic name for someone who lived at a detached or cut-off piece of land (Middle English shorte, shirte, from Old English scierte, scerte, scyrte) or else a habitational name from a place so named, such as Shoart in Harbeldown (Kent) and Shuart in Saint Nicholas at Wade (Kent). Compare Shorter .

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

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    History of Elizabeth Dobney Short Brown

    ELIZABETH DOBNEY SHORT BROWN Elizabeth D. Short Brown, daughter of William John Short and Elizabeth Curtis, was born in London, England, on November 24, 1841. She attended the Church of England unt …

    Sources (36)

    • Willm. John Short in entry for Eliza Ann Short, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
    • William Short in entry for Christopher Daggett and Ann Short, "England Marriages, 1538–1973 "
    • William Short in entry for William Short, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1965"

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