Charles Anderson Dana

Male8 August 1819–17 October 1897

Brief Life History of Charles

When Charles Anderson Dana was born on 8 August 1819, in Hinsdale, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States, his father, Anderson Green Dana, was 29 and his mother, Ann Maria Denison, was 21. He married Eunice MacDaniel on 2 March 1846. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. He lived in New York City, New York County, New York, United States in 1870 and Oyster Bay, Queens, New York, United States in 1880. He died on 17 October 1897, in Glen Cove, Nassau, New York, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Saint Pauls Episcopal Church Cemetery, Glen Cove, Nassau, New York, United States.

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Family Time Line

Charles Anderson Dana
Eunice MacDaniel
Marriage: 2 March 1846
Zoe Dana
Ruth Dana
Paul Dana
Eunice Mignon Dana

Sources (14)

  • Charles Dana, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Charles A in entry for Paul Dana and Mary D B Duncan, "New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940"
  • Charles A Dana, "United States Census, 1880"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    2 March 1846
  • Children (4)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (4)

    World Events (8)

    1820 · Making States Equal

    Age 1

    The Missouri Compromise helped provide the entrance of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state into the United States. As part of the compromise, slavery was prohibited north of the 36°30′ parallel, excluding Missouri.

    1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

    Age 8

    During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.


    Age 27

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

    Name Meaning

    Scottish and northern English: patronymic from the personal name Ander(s), a northern Middle English form of Andrew , + son ‘son’. The frequency of the surname in Scotland is attributable, at least in part, to the fact that Saint Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, so the personal name has long enjoyed great popularity there. Legend has it that the saint's relics were taken to Scotland in the 4th century by a certain Saint Regulus. In North America, this surname has absorbed many cognate or like-sounding surnames in other languages, notably Scandinavian (see 3 and 4 below), but also Ukrainian Andreychenko etc.

    German: patronymic from the personal name Anders , hence a cognate of 1 above.

    Americanized form (and a less common Swedish variant) of Swedish Andersson , a cognate of 1 above.

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

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    Charles Anderson Dana History

    Charles Anderson Dana was born in Hinsdale, New Hampshire, the first child of Anderson and Ann Denison Dana. His paternal grandfather was a Revolutionary War soldier and a delegate to the Constitution …

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