Lucretia Hempstead

Brief Life History of Lucretia

When Lucretia Hempstead was born in 1776, in Stonington, New London, Connecticut, United States, her father, Samuel C Hempstead, was 28 and her mother, Lucy Hempstead, was 25. She married Nicholas Eldredge Williams on 4 September 1794, in Hopkinton, Washington, Rhode Island, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 daughters. She died on 28 November 1851, in New London, New London, Connecticut, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Fish Cemetery, Poquonock Bridge, Groton, New London, Connecticut, United States.

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Family Time Line

Nicholas Eldredge Williams
1770–1802
Lucretia Hempstead
1776–1851
Marriage: 4 September 1794
Grace Williams
1795–
Lucy Hempstead Williams
1796–1874
Mary Williams
1798–1878
Amelia Maria Williams
1800–1841
Sophia B Williams
1801–1844
Esther B Williams
1803–1889

Sources (16)

  • Lucretia Williams, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Lucretia Williams, "Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934", 1851
  • Lucretia in entry for Lucy Hempstead Williams, "Connecticut, Vital Records, Prior to 1850"

World Events (8)

1776

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

1791

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1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name chiefly from Hempstead in Essex or from either of two places called Hempstead in Norfolk. In Kent the surname is from Hempstead in Gillingham, Hemsted in Benenden, or Hemsted in Lyminge (all Kent). It is unclear whether (Hemel) Hempstead in Hertfordshire or Hempstead in Gloucestershire also lie behind the modern surname. The Essex and Kent placenames may derive from Old English henep ‘hemp’ + stede ‘place’, while the Norfolk and Hertfordshire placenames probably come from Old English hām-stede ‘homestead’. The Gloucestershire placename derives from Old English hēah ‘high’ + hām-stede.

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

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