Mary Foulks

9 July 1826–31 August 1859 (Age 33)
Totternhoe, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of Mary

When Mary Foulks was born on 9 July 1826, in Totternhoe, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom, her father, William Folks, was 29 and her mother, Elizabeth Turner, was 23. She married Jesse Empey on 29 January 1846, in Totternhoe, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. She immigrated to New York County, New York, United States in 1856. She died on 31 August 1859, in Lehi, Utah, Utah, United States, at the age of 33, and was buried in Smithfield City Cemetery, Smithfield, Cache, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Jesse Empey
Mary Foulks
Marriage: 29 January 1846
William Empey
James Empey
Mary Ann Empey
Eliza Empey
Sarah Jane Empey

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    29 January 1846Totternhoe, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Children


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    World Events (6)

    1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State
    Age 1
    During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.
    Age 4
    Eclectic Period (Art and Antiques).
    1836 · Remember the Alamo
    Age 10
    Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

    Name Meaning

    English: from Middle English, Anglo-Norman French Folkes, Foukes, an Old French nominative form of the ancient Germanic personal name Fulco, which is derived from a linguistic element meaning ‘folk, people’. See also Foulk and Volk .

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

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    Story Highlight

    Jesse & Mary Empey Family story

    : Apr. 4, 1825 Eaton Bray Bedfordshire, England Death: Sep. 22, 1856 Nebraska, USA JESSE & MARY FOULKS EMPEY & FAMILY (Willie Handcart Company) Jesse Empey was born in Bedfordshire, Engla …

    Sources (23)

    • 1841 Mary Fowles in household of William Fowles, "England and Wales Census, 1841"
    • 1935 Sarah Jane F. Empey in entry for Sarah Jane Briggs, "Idaho Death Certificates, 1911-1937"
    • 1851 Mary Impey in household of Jesse Impey, "England and Wales Census, 1851"

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