Altha Elizabeth Darrow

1837–1852 (Age 15)
Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of Altha Elizabeth

When Altha Elizabeth Darrow was born in 1837, in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, United States, her father, Royal Palmer Darrow, was 28 and her mother, Elsie Hawley, was 36. She lived in Lee, Illinois, United States in 1850. She died about 1852, in Illinois, United States, at the age of 15.

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Family Time Line

Royal Palmer Darrow
1809–1859
Elsie Hawley
1801–
Altha Elizabeth Darrow
1837–1852
Lucy Caroline Darrow
1840–1917
Helen Amanda Darrow
1844–
Nelson William Darrow
1845–

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World Events (4)

1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 2

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.
1839 · The Capital Moves again

Age 2

After the twenty years that the capital was moved to Vandalia, the General Assembly, under the leadership of Abraham Lincoln, voted to move the capital to Springfield. Springfield is still the capital of Illinois to this day, even though Chicago has long surpassed the capital on population.
1846

Age 9

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

Name Meaning

Scottish:1. habitational name from Darroch near Falkirk, in Stirlingshire, said to be named from Gaelic darach ‘oak tree’. 2. Scottish variant of northern Irish Darragh .

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

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  • Altha E Darrow in household of Elsey Darrow, "United States Census, 1850"

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