William John Britton I

Male19 March 1816–6 February 1871

Brief Life History of William John

When William John Britton I was born on 19 March 1816, in Bertie, North Carolina, United States, his father, William Britton Jr., was 30 and his mother, Pamalea King Wells, was 29. He married Francis Ann Johnstone on 18 July 1844. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Mississippi, United States in 1870. He died on 6 February 1871, in Madison, Madison, Mississippi, United States, at the age of 54, and was buried in Chapel of the Cross Cemetery, Madison, Mississippi, United States.

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William John Britton I
Francis Ann Johnstone
Marriage: 18 July 1844
Alexander Hamilton Britton
Margaret Louisa Britton
Frances Johnstone Brittin
William J Britton II
John Joseph Britton

Sources (6)

  • William Britton, "United States Census, 1870"
  • William J Britton, "Find A Grave Index"
  • W.J. Britten in entry for Fannie J.B. Sewell, "Georgia Deaths, 1914-1927"

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  • Marriage
    18 July 1844
  • Children (5)

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    Siblings (11)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 1

    Mississippi is the 20th state.

    1819 · Panic! of 1819

    Age 3

    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. 

    1832 · The Black Hawk War

    Age 16

    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.

    Name Meaning

    English (of Norman origin): variant of Breton , and ethnic name for a Breton, from Old French Breton, the oblique case form of Old French Bret; compare Brittain and Brett .

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

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