Erastus Snow Wakefield

29 June 1839–27 November 1923 (Age 84)
Providence Twp, Bedford, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life Summary of Erastus Snow

When Erastus Snow Wakefield was born on 29 June 1839, in Providence Twp, Bedford, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, John Fleming Wakefield, was 26 and his mother, Susannah Garlick, was 19. He married Mariah Louise Potter on 11 October 1868, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He lived in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States in 1839 and Utah, United States in 1870. He registered for military service in 1857. He died on 27 November 1923, in Taylor, Navajo, Arizona, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in Taylor Cemetery, Taylor, Navajo, Arizona, United States.

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Family Time Line

Erastus Snow Wakefield
Mariah Louise Potter
Marriage: 11 October 1868

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    11 October 1868Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1841 · The Nauvoo Legion
    Age 2
    In 1841, the Nauvoo Legion was organized. It was a group of men formed to protect the people of Nauvoo but also fought in different wars. Joseph Smith was the Lieutenant General of this group. Other leaders included Brigham Young, John C. Bennett, and others. They were part of the Illinois Mormon War (1844-1846), Mexican-American War (March of California, Capture of Tucson), Indian Wars (Battle Creek Massacre, Battle of Fort Utah, Walker War, Ute Black Hawk War, Mountain Meadows Massacre), American Civil War, and Morrisite War. The Legion was disbanded in 1887.
    Age 7
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    Age 24
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    Name Meaning

    English: habitational name from the city of Wakefield in Yorkshire and from Wakefield Lawn in Potterspury (Northamptonshire). Both are named from the Old English personal name Waca or Old English wacu ‘wake, festival’ + feld ‘open country’.

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

    Story Highlight


    LIFE HISTORY OF THOMAS GARLICK WAKEFIELD Account written by Fern Wakefield Mendenhall (daughter) Thomas Garlick Wakefield was born June 16, 1845, in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois. He was a son of …

    Sources (37)

    • 1860 Erastus Davies in household of Reece Davies, "United States Census"
    • Erastus Snow Wakefield, "Arizona, Deaths, 1870-1951"
    • 1870 Erastus Wakefield, "United States Census"

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