Rachael Stidham


Brief Life History of Rachael

When Rachael Stidham was born in 1796, in Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, United States, her father, John Stidham, was 29 and her mother, Abigail Springer, was 32. She married William Meredith about 1820, in Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter.

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William Meredith
Rachael Stidham
Marriage: about 1820
Mary Ann Meredith

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  • Legacy NFS Source: Rachael Stidham - death:
  • Rachel Meredith in entry for Peter C Frazer, "Delaware Vital Records, 1650-1974"
  • Rachel Meredith in entry for Peter C Frazer, "Delaware Vital Records, 1650-1974"

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  • Marriage
    about 1820Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, United States
  • Children (1)

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    Siblings (7)

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    World Events (8)

    1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

    Age 4

    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.

    1802 · DuPont Gunpowder Mill Established

    Age 6

    in 1802, Eleuth�re Ir�n�� du Pont established the DuPont gun mill. It was the largest maker of explosive black powder. It was located along the Brandywine River near Wilmington.

    1830 · The Second Great Awakening

    Age 34

    Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

    Name Meaning

    Americanized form, via Stedham , of an unidentified Scandinavian or perhaps Dutch surname recorded in DE in the 17th century as Stiddem. Possible Dutch source is Van Stedum, a habitational name from Stedum, a village near Loppersum in the province of Groningen, named with plural dative from stad, denoting a place or country estate (with specific rights). Compare Stidam .

    Possibly also an altered form of English Stedham .

    History: The progenitor of (the majority of) the Stidhams was Timon Stidham, the pioneer physician in New Sweden (today DE), who arrived from Sweden in 1638 for the first time, and again in 1654, when he settled in Fort Christina (later Willmington, DE). His original surname was recorded as Stiddem, the form not found in Scandinavia or elsewhere in Europe.

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

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