Hopestill Dexter

Brief Life History of Hopestill

When Hopestill Dexter was born on 20 June 1747, in Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island, United States, her father, James Dexter Jr, was 26 and her mother, Alithea Walker, was 22. She married Benjamin Clark May on 21 January 1767, in Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island, United States. They were the parents of at least 10 sons and 2 daughters. She died on 5 February 1824, in Concord, Essex, Vermont, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Pike Cemetery, Concord, Essex, Vermont, United States.

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Benjamin Clark May
Hopestill Dexter
Marriage: 21 January 1767
Dexter May
William May
Silas May
Stephen A. May
Naphatali May
James May
Mercy May
Benjamin May
Oliver May
John May
Elisha May
Betsey May

Sources (22)

  • Hopestill Dexter, "Rhode Island Births and Christenings, 1600-1914"
  • Hopestill Dexter, "Rhode Island Marriages, 1724-1916"
  • Hopestill Dexter May, "Find A Grave Index"

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Name Meaning

English (East Midlands): occupational name from Middle English dexter(e), dei(gh)ester, deyster ‘dyer’ (Old English deaʒestre, deʒ(e)stre). The word originally denoted a female dyer, but came to be used for dyers of both sexes. Compare Dyer .

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

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