Mary Chase

Brief Life History of Mary

When Mary Chase was born on 2 September 1748, in Sutton, Worcester, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, her father, Caleb Chase, was 25 and her mother, Sarah Prince, was 21. She married John Woodbury Sr. on 17 October 1770, in Sutton, Worcester, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 1 daughter. She died on 1 April 1799, in Sutton, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 50, and was buried in Sutton, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States.

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John Woodbury Sr.
Mary Chase
Marriage: 17 October 1770
Aaron Woodbury
Caleb Woodbury
John Woodbury Jr.
Daniel Woodbury
Polly Woodbury
Andrew Woodbury
Amos Woodbury
Benjamin Woodbury II

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  • Legacy NFS Source: Mary Chase - Published information: birth: 2 September 1748; Sutton, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
  • Mary Chase Woodbury, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Mary Woodbury in entry for Daniel Woodbury, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"

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Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

1776 · The Declaration to the King

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""

1788 · The First Presidential Election

The First Presidential election was held in the newly created United States of America. Under the Articles of Confederation, the executive branch of the country was not set up for an individual to help lead the nation. So, under the United States Constitution they position was put in. Because of his prominent roles during the Revolutionary War, George Washington was voted in unanimously as the First President of the United States.

Name Meaning

English (southern): metonymic occupational name for a huntsman, or perhaps a nickname for an exceptionally skilled huntsman, from Middle English chase ‘hunt’ (Old French chasse, from chasser ‘to hunt’, Latin captare).

History: Thomas Chase came to MA from Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England, in the 1640s, and had many prominent descendants. Samuel Chase, born in Somerset County, MD, in 1741, was one of the first members of the US Supreme Court; Philander Chase, born in Cornish, NH, in 1741 was a prominent Episcopal clergyman, and his nephew Salmon Portland Chase (1808–73), also born in Cornish, was governor of OH, a US senator, and secretary of the US Treasury during the Civil War.

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

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