Lydia Besse

24 March 1826–1913 (Age 86)
Hannibal, Hannibal, Oswego, New York, United States

The Life of Lydia

When Lydia Besse was born on 24 March 1826, in Hannibal, Hannibal, Oswego, New York, United States, her father, Elias Bessey, was 30 and her mother, Lois Fitch Ayers, was 27. She married Hiram Charles Collins in 1845, in Hannibal, Hannibal, Oswego, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 9 daughters. She lived in Embarrass, Waupaca, Wisconsin, United States in 1900 and Ellenburg, Ellenburg, Clinton, New York, United States in 1910. She died in 1913, in Edgar, Marathon, Wisconsin, United States, at the age of 87.

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Family Time Line

Hiram Charles Collins
Lydia Besse
Marriage: 1845
Charles Collins
Clarinda Collins
Elisabeth Collins
Martha Jane Collins
Abraham L. Collins
Eliza Ann Collins
Mary L Collins
Elizabeth Collins
Harriet E Collins
Florence Collins
Ellsworth Collins
Rosina Rebecca Collins
Fredrick Collins

Spouse and Children

    Hiram Charles Collins



Hannibal, Hannibal, Oswego, New York, United States


    Charles Collins


    Martha Jane Collins


    Abraham L. Collins


    Eliza Ann Collins


    Mary L Collins


+8 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+6 More Children

World Events (8)

1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 1

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.
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.
1854 · The Creation of the Republican Party

Age 28

A debate continues over the location of the creation of the Republican Party. Some sources claim that the party was formed in Ripon, Wisconsin, on February 28, 1854. Others claim the first meeting of the Republican Party took place in Jackson, Michigan, on July 6, 1854, where the Republican Party was officially organized. Over 1,000 people were present and candidates were selected for the party, thus making it the first Republican convention.

Name Meaning

Southern French: topographic name for someone who lived by a birch tree or in a birch wood, from Late Latin bettia ‘birch wood’, a word of Gaulish origin.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Liddie Whitman in household of Richard Whitman, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Liddie Whitman in household of Abraham L Collins, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Lydia Collins in household of Hiram Collins, "United States Census, 1880"

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