Roswell Root Dana

6 April 1837–24 December 1913 (Age 76)
Hammond, St. Lawrence, New York, United States

The Life Summary of Roswell Root

When Roswell Root Dana was born on 6 April 1837, in Hammond, St. Lawrence, New York, United States, his father, Charles Root Dana, was 34 and his mother, Margaret Kennedy, was 30. He married Emma Jane Edmonds about 1862, in Alameda, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Weber, Utah Territory, United States in 1850 and California, United States in 1870. He died on 24 December 1913, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Roswell Root Dana
Emma Jane Edmonds
Marriage: about 1862
Georgia Anna Dana
George Dana
Francis Dana
Roswell Ancel Dana
Marietta Fay Dana

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World Events (8)

Age 9
U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1850 · Los Angeles Is Incorporated
Age 13
Los Angeles was incorporated as a municipality on April 4, 1850.
1857 · The State Capital moves to Des Moines
Age 20
The Capitol was located in Iowa City until the 1st General Assembly of Iowa recognized that the Capitol should be moved farther west than Iowa City. Land was found two miles from the Des Moines River to start construction of the new building. Today the Capitol building still stands on its original plot.

Name Meaning

1 Origin unidentified. There has been much speculation about the origins of this famous American family name. The most plausible theory is that it is a Huguenot name, a variant of D’Aunay, from any of several places in France called Aunay. However, the name acquired an Irish flavor, being associated, probably erroneously, with a Gaelic forename likewise spelled Dana.2 Hungarian: from a pet form of the personal name Dániel ( see Daniel ).3 Czech and Slovak (Daňa); also Polish: from the personal name Daniel , or perhaps from a short form of any of the various Old Slavic compound personal names formed with -dan, for example Bogdan.

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

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Sources (33)

  • Roswell Dana in household of Charles R Dana, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Ralswell Dana, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Roswell R Dana, "United States Census, 1880"

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