Oliver James Wakefield

New York, United States

The Life of Oliver James

When Oliver James Wakefield was born about 1843, in New York, United States, his father, William H Wakefield, was 33 and his mother, Mary C Blanchard, was 23. He lived in St. Lawrence, New York, United States in 1860 and Pierrepont, Pierrepont, St. Lawrence, New York, United States in 1870. In 1860, at the age of 17, his occupation is listed as farming.

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William H Wakefield
Mary C Blanchard
Oliver James Wakefield
Olive Wakefield

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World Events (8)


Age 3

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

Age 20

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 32

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from the city of Wakefield in West Yorkshire, and probably also from a place of the same name in Northamptonshire. Both are named from an Old English wacu ‘vigil’, ‘festival’ (a derivative of wac(i)an ‘to watch or wake’) + feld ‘pasture’, ‘open country’, i.e. a patch of open land where a fair was held.

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Oliver J Wakefield in household of William Wakefield, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Oliver S Wakefield in household of William H Wakefield, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Oliver James Wakefield in household of Wm H Wakefield, "United States Census, 1870"

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