Margaret Major

29 April 1801–31 December 1853 (Age 52)
Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada

The Life Summary of Margaret

When Margaret Major was born on 29 April 1801, in Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada, her father, John Major, was 26 and her mother, Sarah Key, was 26. She married Josiah Butterfield in 1840, in Adams, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. She died on 31 December 1853, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 52, and was buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Josiah Butterfield
Margaret Major
Marriage: 1840
Don Carlos Butterfield
Samuel Butterfield
Edward Lawrence Butterfield

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    1840Adams, Illinois, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    Age 2
    France sells Louisiana territories to U.S.A.
    1803 · The U.S doubles in size
    Age 2
    The United States purchased all the Louisiana territory (828,000 sq. mi) from France, only paying 15 million dollars (A quarter trillion today) for the land. In the purchase, the US obtained the land that makes up 15 US states and 2 Canadian Provinces. The United States originally wanted to purchase of New Orleans and the lands located on the coast around it, but quickly accepted the bargain that Napoleon Bonaparte offered.
    1819 · Panic! of 1819
    Age 18
    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. 

    Name Meaning

    English (of Norman origin): from the personal name Malg(i)er, Maug(i)er, an Old French form of ancient Germanic Madalgar(i) (see Mauger ).Hungarian: from a shortened form of majorosgazda (see Majoros ) or a derivative of German Meyer .Polish, Czech, and Slovak: from the military rank major (derived from Latin maior ‘greater’), a word related to English mayor and the German surname Meyer .

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

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    Story Highlight

    Margaret Major Butterfield (29 April 1801 – 1 January 1853)

    Daughter of John Major and Sarah Key Married Edward Lawrence, abt. 1823. He died Dec. 1839, Montrose, Lee, Iowa. Married Josiah Butterfield, 28 Dec. 1840 ( …

    Sources (33)

    • Margret Major in entry for Julia Adelaide Kimball, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • Margaret Lawrence, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"
    • Margaret Major in entry for Margaret E Miles, "Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1849-1949"

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