Alanson Bicknell

29 February 1836–31 October 1871 (Age 35)
Exeter, Washington, Rhode Island, United States

The Life of Alanson

When Alanson Bicknell was born on 29 February 1836, in Exeter, Washington, Rhode Island, United States, his father, Benjamin Bicknell, was 36 and his mother, Mary Elizabeth Wells, was 37. He married Catherine C. Sweet about 1855. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 1 daughter. He died on 31 October 1871, in North Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States, at the age of 35, and was buried in North Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States.

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Family Time Line

Alanson Bicknell
Catherine C. Sweet
Marriage: about 1855
Josephine Bicknell
Edward Bicknell
Edwin Bicknell
Benjamin Adelbert Bicknell
Burrill A. Bicknell
James B Bicknell
James B. Bicknell

Spouse and Children


    Catherine C. Sweet


about 1855


    Josephine Bicknell


    Edward Bicknell


    Edwin Bicknell


    Benjamin Adelbert Bicknell


    Burrill A. Bicknell


+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+4 More Children

World Events (6)

1841 · Dorr Rebellion

Age 5

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.

Age 10

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1862 · US Naval Academy

Age 26

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

Name Meaning

English:1. habitational name from Bickenhill in Warwickshire or Bickenhall in Somerset. Both 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’. 2. variant of Bignell .

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Hanson Bicknell in household of Benjamin Bicknell, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Alanson Bicknell, "Rhode Island, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1630-1945"
  • Alanson Bicknell in entry for Burrill Arnold Bicknell, "Rhode Island Births and Christenings, 1600-1914"

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