Lydia Besse

Female24 March 1826–1913

Brief Life History 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 about 1851. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 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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Hiram Charles Collins
Lydia Besse
Marriage: about 1851
Abraham L. Collins
Clarinda Collins
Mary L Collins
Florence Collins
Elizabeth Collins
Harriet E Collins
Ellsworth Collins
Rosina Rebecca Collins
Fredrick Collins

Sources (16)

  • Liddie Whitman in household of Richard Whitman, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Liddie Whitman in household of Abraham L Collins, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Lydia Besse - Individual or family possessions: birth-name: Mrs. Lydia Collins

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    about 1851
  • Children (9)

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    Siblings (11)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 3

    American settlers began mining the Wisconsin Territory in the early 1800's. The lead ore in the territory had largely been mined previously by American Indians. By 1829, nearly 4,000 miners had moved to Wisconsin Territory. The miners became known as badgers as they burrowed into hillsides for shelter. The name eventually represented the state and Wisconsin is now known as the Badger State. (Wisconsin Historical Society: Lead Mining in Southwestern Wisconsin)

    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

    French: topographic name for someone who lived by a birch tree or in a birch wood, from Occitan bès ‘birch tree’, or a habitational name from (La) Besse, the name of several places mainly in southern France, named from the same word (ultimately from Gaulish betu).

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

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