William Criwell Pitchford

14 February 1827–11 February 1898 (Age 70)
Benton, Franklin, Illinois, United States

The Life of William Criwell

When William Criwell Pitchford was born on 14 February 1827, in Benton, Franklin, Illinois, United States, his father, John P. Pitchford, was 35 and his mother, Elizabeth Rogers, was 41. He married Martha Ellen Luster on 19 November 1848, in Richview, Washington, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Illinois, United States in 1870 and Grand Prairie Township, Jefferson, Illinois, United States in 1880. He died on 11 February 1898, in Washington, Illinois, United States, at the age of 70, and was buried in Grand Point Cemetery, Irvington, Washington, Illinois, United States.

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William Criwell Pitchford
Martha Ellen Luster
Marriage: 19 November 1848
John David Pitchford
Samuel S. Pitchford
Erwin Bissell Pitchford
Manerva Prudence Pitchford
George Thomas Pitchford
Samuel H Pitchford
Joseph Lemuel Pitchford
Dollie Catherine Pitchford
Jeanette Jemima Pitchford
Andrew Jackson Pitchford
Mary Elizabeth Pitchford

Spouse and Children

19 November 1848
Richview, Washington, Illinois, United States



    Samuel S. Pitchford


    Erwin Bissell Pitchford


    Manerva Prudence Pitchford


    George Thomas Pitchford


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World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 3

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1832 · Black Hawk War

Age 5

"The Black Hawk War was a brief conflict between the United States and Native Americans led by Black Hawk, a Sauk leader. The war erupted soon after Black Hawk and a group of other tribes, known as the ""British Band"", crossed the Mississippi River, into Illinois, from Iowa Indian Territory in April 1832. Black Hawk's motives were ambiguous, but records show that he was hoping to avoid bloodshed while resettling on tribal land that had been given to the United States in the 1804 Treaty of St. Louis."

Age 19

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

English (West Midlands): habitational name from a place near Shrewsbury, where there was a bituminous well; the name is derived from Old English pic ‘pitch’ + ford ‘ford’.

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

Sources (3)

  • Wm Pitchford, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Wm Pitchford, "United States Census, 1880"
  • William Pitchford, "United States Census, 1870"

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