Eliza Maria Topham

2 May 1818–6 February 1876 (Age 57)
Leeds, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of Eliza Maria

When Eliza Maria Topham was born on 2 May 1818, in Leeds, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, her father, Thomas Topham, was 22 and her mother, Eliza Livesey, was 21. She married Jonathan Grimshaw on 17 June 1841, in Leeds, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 8 daughters. She lived in Manchester, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom in 1861 and Missouri, United States in 1870. She died on 6 February 1876, in Jefferson City, Cole, Missouri, United States, at the age of 57, and was buried in Jefferson City, Cole, Missouri, United States.

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Family Time Line

Jonathan Grimshaw
Eliza Maria Topham
Marriage: 17 June 1841
Elizabeth Grimshaw
Emma Jane Grimshaw
Eliza Lovesey Grimshaw
Jane Eliza Grimshaw
Maria Grimshaw
Caroline Grimshaw
Arthur Pickersgill Grimshaw
Fanny Cummings Grimshaw
Jonathan Topham Grimshaw
Sarah Lovesey Anette Grimshaw

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    17 June 1841Leeds, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1819 · Peterloo Massacre
    Age 1
    On August 16, 1819, in St. Peter’s Field, Manchester, England, a group of around 80,000 gathered together in an attempt to get parliament representation reformed. Shortly after a cavalry charged the crowd. By the end, 15 people died and around 600 were injured.
    Age 5
    Rugby Football 'invented' at Rugby School.
    1834 · Zion's Camp
    Age 16
    Joseph Smith, Jr. and a group of 200 volunteers departed Kirkland, Ohio, to aid scattered Latter-day Saints. The group known as Zion's Camp arrived to the Fishing River on June 19. A mob had gathered to attack and disjoin the group. A storm swept through the area and the river rose over 30 feet, which caused the mob to scatter.

    Name Meaning

    English (mainly northern, especially Yorkshire):nickname from Middle English Toppan, of uncertain meaning. The second element is perhaps Middle English pan(ne) ‘(crown of the) head’, while Top- could be derived from several different words. If from Middle English toppen ‘to shave (the head)’, then Toppan might have been a name for a barber who provided tonsures for the clergy. Alternatively, Top- might represent Middle English tup, top(pe) ‘ram, male sheep’, hence ‘ram-head’, or Middle English top(pe), Anglo-Norman French tupe ‘hair on the head, tuft of hair, forelock’, denoting someone with a distinctive head of hair.variant of Topping .

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

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    Sources (21)

    • Maria Topham in entry for Johathan T Grimshaw, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • Eliza Grimshan in household of Jonathan Grimshan, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Eliza M Grimshaw in household of Jonathan Grimshaw, "United States Census, 1870"

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