Elizabeth Orton

23 October 1809–7 August 1854 (Age 44)
Rowan, Bladen, North Carolina, United States

The Life Summary of Elizabeth

When Elizabeth Orton was born on 23 October 1809, in Rowan, Bladen, North Carolina, United States, her father, James Orton III, was 33 and her mother, Elizabeth Rensher, was 33. She married William Culbertson Gollaher Sr. on 5 October 1828, in Clinton, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 8 daughters. She lived in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States in 1839 and Keosauqua, Van Buren, Iowa, United States in 1850. She died on 7 August 1854, in Tooele, Utah, United States, at the age of 44, and was buried in Tooele City Cemetery, Tooele, Tooele, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Culbertson Gollaher Sr.
Elizabeth Orton
Marriage: 5 October 1828
Mary Ann Gollaher
Elizabeth Gollaher
James Monroe Gollaher Sr.
Nancy Jane Gollaher
Harriet Laura Gollaher
Harriet Frances Gollaher
Elizabeth Angelina Gollaher
Sarah Jane Gollaher
Samantha W. Gollaher
William Culbertson Gollaher Jr.

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    5 October 1828Clinton, Illinois, United States
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    World Events (8)

    Age 3
    War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
    Age 9
    Illinois is the 21st state.
    1825 · The Crimes Act
    Age 16
    The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.

    Name Meaning

    English: habitational name from any of various places called Orton in Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, and Westmorland. All those in England share a second element from Old English tūn ‘enclosure, settlement’, but the first element in each case is more difficult to determine. Examples in Cambridgeshire and Warwickshire are on the banks of rivers, so these are probably derived from Old English ōfer ‘riverbank’; in other cases it is impossible to distinguish between ofer ‘ridge’ and ufera ‘upper’. Orton in Westmorland is probably formed with the Old Norse byname Orri ‘black-cock’ (the male black grouse). Orton near Fochabers, Scotland, is of uncertain etymology.Americanized form of Norwegian Årtun: habitational name from the farm name Årtun, found in six places, e.g. in the province of Rogaland, a compound of the genitive case singular of Old Norse á ‘small river’ and tún ‘farm yard (surrounded by buildings)’.

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

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    Elizabeth Orton Gollaher

    William and Elizabeth were living in Clinton County, Illinois in 1829 . They were both baptized in 1833. In 1836 they had moved to Far West, Clay County, Missouri. Then in 1839 they moved to Rockf …

    Sources (22)

    • Elizabeth in household of Wm, "United States Census, 1850"
    • Elizabeth Orton, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934"
    • Elizabeth Orton in entry for Eliza Angeline Skelton, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"

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