Mary Elizabeth Bicknell

Female13 August 1826–6 September 1931

Brief Life History of Mary Elizabeth

When Mary Elizabeth Bicknell was born on 13 August 1826, in North Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States, her father, Benjamin Bicknell, was 26 and her mother, Mary Elizabeth Wells, was 28. She married Benjamin Potter on 5 February 1860, in Quidnessett, North Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She died on 6 September 1931, in North Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States, at the age of 105.

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Family Time Line

Benjamin Potter
1820–1883
Mary Elizabeth Bicknell
1826–1931
Marriage: 5 February 1860
Benjamin Potter
1861–1953
Sarah Elizabeth Potter
1865–1941

Sources (17)

  • Mary E Potter, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Mary Elizabeth Bicknell, "Rhode Island, Births and Christenings, 1600-1914"
  • Mary E. Reed, "Rhode Island, Marriages, 1724-1916"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    5 February 1860Quidnessett, North Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States
  • Children (2)

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    Siblings (10)

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    World Events (8)

    1830 · The Second Great Awakening

    Age 4

    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.

    1841 · Dorr Rebellion

    Age 15

    The Dorr Rebellion, led by Thomas Wilson Dorr, took place from 1841 until 1842. During the Rebellion, the middle-class residents of Rhode Island attempted to force broader democracy to the state legislation.

    1862 · US Naval Academy

    Age 36

    The US Naval Academy was moved to Newport, Rhode Island from its original in Annapolis, Maryland on May 9, 1862.

    Name Meaning

    English: habitational name from Bickenhill in Warwickshire, Bickenhall in Somerset or Bignell in Oxfordshire. The former two are named with the Old English personal name Bicca + Old English hyll ‘hill’, but in the Somerset name the final element alternates with Old English h(e)all ‘hall’. Bignell is named with the Old English personal name Biga + hyll ‘hill’. Compare Bignell .

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

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