William Lapham

13 November 1786–11 March 1859 (Age 72)
Adams, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of William

When William Lapham was born on 13 November 1786, in Adams, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States, his father, David Lapham, was 32 and his mother, Judith Smith, was 29. He married Mary Polly Hull on 15 December 1811. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. He died on 11 March 1859, in Hancock, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 72.

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William Lapham
Mary Polly Hull
Marriage: 15 December 1811
Calvin Pardee Lapham
Kleber Lapham
William Henry Lapham

Spouse and Children


    Mary Polly Hull


15 December 1811
Hancock, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States


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World Events (7)

1787 · The Making of the U.S. Constitution.

Age 1

The Philadelphia Convention was intended to be the first meeting to establish the first system of government under the Articles of Confederation. From this Convention, the Constitution of the United States was made and then put into place making it one of the major events in all American History.
1788 · The First Presidential Election

Age 2

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.

Age 22

Atlantic slave trade abolished.

Name Meaning

English: apparently a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place, possibly in Somerset or Wiltshire, where the surname is clustered, but perhaps a variant of Lopham, a habitational name from a place in Norfolk, so named from an Old English personal name Loppa + hām ‘homestead’.

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

Sources (3)

  • William Lapham, "United States Census, 1850"
  • William Lapham in entry for Calvin P. Lapham, "Massachusetts Town Deaths Index, ca. 1640-1961"
  • William Lapham, "Massachusetts, Deaths, 1841-1915"

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