Mercy Harrington

7 February 1730–
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Mercy

When Mercy Harrington was born on 7 February 1730, in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, her father, George Harrington, was 34 and her mother, Hepzibah Fiske, was 37.

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Family Time Line

George Harrington
1695–1736
Hepzibah Fiske
1693–1736
Hannah Harrington
1716–1740
Elisha Harrington
1717–1719
Abigail Harrington
1718–
John Harrington
1719–
Lydia Harrington
1721–1795
Elisha Harrington
1722–1726
Seth Harrington
1724–1815
Benjamin Harrington
1725–1788
Sarah Harrington
1727–1770
Mercy Harrington
1730–
Eunice Harrington
1733–1799
Susannah Harrington
1736–

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World Events (3)

1776

Age 46

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 46

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""
1781 · The First Constitution

Age 51

Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.

Name Meaning

1 English: habitational name from places in Cumbria, Lincolnshire, and Northamptonshire. The first gets its name from Old English Haferingtūn ‘settlement (Old English tūn) associated with someone called Hæfer’, a byname meaning ‘he-goat’. The second probably meant ‘settlement (Old English tūn) of someone called Hæring’. Alternatively, the first element may have been Old English hæring ‘stony place’ or hāring ‘gray wood’. The last, recorded in Domesday Book as Arintone and in 1184 as Hederingeton, is most probably named with an unattested Old English personal name, Heathuhere.2 Irish (County Kerry and the West): adopted as an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hArrachtáin ‘descendant of Arrachtán’, a personal name from a diminutive of arrachtach ‘mighty’, ‘powerful’.3 Irish (County Kerry): adopted as an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hIongardail, later Ó hUrdáil, ‘descendant of Iongardal’.

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

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Sources (2)

  • Mary Harrington, "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
  • Mercy Harrington, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"

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