Clarissa Alger

2 June 1830–20 March 1907 (Age 76)
Chagrin Falls, Chagrin Falls Township, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States

The Life Summary of Clarissa

When Clarissa Alger was born on 2 June 1830, in Chagrin Falls, Chagrin Falls Township, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States, her father, Samuel Alger, was 44 and her mother, Clarissa Hancock, was 39. She married Francis Tuft Whitney on 12 May 1850, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Iron City, Iron, Utah, United States in 1850. In 1870, at the age of 40, her occupation is listed as age 40, husband francis 65, children new sam 19, elijah 17, job 15. also father samuel 84, mother clarissa 79, spinner and carder, in Parowan, Iron, Utah, United States. She died on 20 March 1907, in Parowan, Iron, Utah, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Parowan Cemetery, Parowan, Iron, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Francis Tuft Whitney
Clarissa Alger
Marriage: 12 May 1850
New Samuel Whitney
Eli Alger Whitney
Abi Clarissa Whitney
Job Hall Whitney
Ira Blanchard Whitney

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    12 May 1850Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1832 · The Black Hawk War
    Age 2
    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.
    1836 · Remember the Alamo
    Age 6
    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.
    1860 · Ohio supports the Union side of the Civil War
    Age 30
    Although divided as a state on the subject of slavery, Ohio participated in the Civil War on the Union's side, providing over 300,000 troops. Ohio provided the 3rd largest number of troops by any Union state.

    Name Meaning

    English: from the Middle English personal name Alger. Pronounced with a soft g it is from Old French Alg(i)er, Aug(i)er (ancient Germanic Adalgari, composed of the elements adal ‘noble’ + gāri ‘spear’); see Auger . Pronounced with a hard g, it is a variant of Algar .Scottish and English: in Scotland, Alger may be a variant of Algeo .German: from a shortened form of the ancient Germanic personal name Adalgar (see 1 above).

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

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    Story Highlight

    CLARISSA ALGER WHITNEY by Ilene Hanks Kingsbury, great granddaughter dates and information edited by Marlene Mitchell Thayne, 1995

    Clarissa Alger was the daughter of some of the earliest converts to the Church. Her mother, father, uncles and aunts, her grandfather and grandmother, all were baptized on the same day - November 16 …

    Sources (29)

    • Clarissa Whitney in household of Francis J Whitney, "United States Census, 1850"
    • Clarissa Alger in entry for Ely Alger Whitney, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1956"
    • Clarissa Witney, "United States Census, 1900"

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