Harriet Cordelia Williams

10 November 1829–2 November 1907 (Age 77)
Ridgeway, Orleans, New York, United States

The Life Summary of Harriet Cordelia

When Harriet Cordelia Williams was born on 10 November 1829, in Ridgeway, Orleans, New York, United States, her father, Daniel Randall Williams, was 27 and her mother, Mary Allard Ayers, was 24. She married Rufus Beach on 21 January 1846, in Winter Quarters, Douglas, Nebraska, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She died on 2 November 1907, in Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Aspen Grove Cemetery, Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa, United States.

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Francis William Brooks
Harriet Cordelia Williams
Marriage: 27 June 1851
Caroline Brooks
James Wilson Brooks
Clara Arabella Brooks
Annis Copp Brooks
Charles Edward Brooks
Francis William Brooks, Jr.
Harry Edward Brooks
Frederick Hosford Brooks
Mary Peasley Brooks

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    27 June 1851Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1830 · The Second Great Awakening
    Age 1
    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.
    Age 4
    Historical Boundaries: 1833: Unorganized Federal Territory, United States 1834: Michigan Territory, United States 1834: Des Moines, Michigan Territory, United States 1836: Des Moines, Wisconsin Territory, United States 1838: Des Moines, Iowa Territory, United States 1846: Des Moines, Iowa, United States
    1857 · The State Capital moves to Des Moines
    Age 28
    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

    English: variant of William , with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s. This form of the surname is also common in Wales. In North America, this surname has also absorbed some cognates from other languages, such as Dutch Willems . Williams is the third most frequent surname in the US. It is also very common among African Americans and Native Americans.History: This surname was brought to North America from southern England and Wales independently by many different bearers from the 17th century onward. Roger Williams, born in London in 1603, came to MA in 1630, but the clergyman was banished from the colony for his criticism of the Puritan government; he fled to RI and founded Providence.

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

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    Story Highlight


    On the 24 September 1847, Aaron Williams Beach's father, Rufus Beach, arrived with the 22nd company of pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley. He had left Nauvoo, Illinois, a wealthy widower having lost tw …

    Sources (57)

    • Harriett Cordelia Williams in entry for Ruth Cordelia Lasell, "Iowa, Delayed Birth Records, 1850-1939"
    • H C Brooks in household of F W Brooks, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Harriet Williams in entry for Marie Peasley Smith, "Iowa, Death Records, 1904-1951"

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