Alvira Gilmore

15 November 1814–8 March 1878 (Age 63)
Chautauqua, Chautauqua, New York, United States

The Life Summary of Alvira

When Alvira Gilmore was born on 15 November 1814, in Chautauqua, Chautauqua, New York, United States, her father, James Gilmore, was 28 and her mother, Harriet Benton, was 17. She married Isaac Zanes Whittaker about 1835, in Potosi, Grant, Wisconsin, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 daughters. She lived in Cedar, Utah, United States in 1860 and Cedar Fort, Utah, Utah, United States in 1870. She died on 8 March 1878, in Utah, United States, at the age of 63.

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Family Time Line

Isaac Zanes Whittaker
Alvira Gilmore
Marriage: about 1835
Josephine Whitaker
Marianna Emily Whittaker
Henrietta Whittaker

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    about 1835Potosi, Grant, Wisconsin, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (6)

    1819 · Panic! of 1819
    Age 5
    With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
    1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State
    Age 13
    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.
    1832 · The Black Hawk War
    Age 18
    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 and Irish (Ulster and Galway): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gille Mhoire (Scots), Mac Giolla Mhuire (Irish), patronymics from personal names meaning ‘servant (i.e. devotee) of (the Virgin) Mary’.Irish: in Sligo, shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Mhir ‘son of the spirited lad’.English: habitational name from Gillamoor in Rydale (North Yorkshire), from Old English Gedling (‘place called after Gētla’, from the Old English personal name Gētla + the connective particle -ing) + mōr ‘moor’.

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

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    Sources (8)

    • Alvira Whittaker in household of William Dayton, "United States Census, 1870"
    • Alvira Whitaker in household of Wm Daton, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Alvia Gilmore in entry for Phenretta Dayton, "Washington Death Certificates, 1907-1960"

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