William Knox Aitken

22 February 1819–25 February 1864 (Age 45)
Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of William Knox

When William Knox Aitken was born on 22 February 1819, in Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, John Aitken, was 37 and his mother, Janet Wright, was 32. He married Jean Lamb Brown on 14 August 1837, in Saint Cuthberts, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He died on 25 February 1864, in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom, at the age of 45, and was buried in Dean Cemetery, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom.

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William Knox Aitken
Jean Lamb Brown
Marriage: 14 August 1837
Cecilia V. Aitken
Thomas Knox Aitken
James Aitken

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    14 August 1837Saint Cuthberts, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Children


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    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.
    Age 4
    Rugby Football 'invented' at Rugby School.
    1832 · The Black Hawk War
    Age 13
    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

    Scottish: from the Older Scots personal name Aitken, a pet form of Adam . Compare Aiken and Atkin .

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

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    Sources (14)

    • William Knox Aitken, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"
    • 1860 United States Federal Census
    • William Knox Aitken in entry for Corneles Gilde and Cecilia Aitken, "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934"

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