George Summer

Male22 November 1730–27 September 1778

Brief Life History of George

When George Summer was born on 22 November 1730, in Pomfret, Windham, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America, his father, Deacon Samuel Sumner I, was 35 and his mother, Elizabeth Griffin, was 31. He married Abigail Holdridge on 28 September 1752, in Pomfret, Windham, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 7 daughters. He died on 27 September 1778, at the age of 47, and was buried in South Cemetery, Pomfret, Windham, Connecticut, United States.

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George Summer
Abigail Holdridge
Marriage: 28 September 1752
Anne Sumner
Anne Sumner
Lucy Sumner
Elizabeth Sumner
Abigail Sumner
Ann Sumner
Lucy Sumner
Samuel Sumner

Sources (19)

  • George Sumner, "Connecticut, Births and Christenings, 1649-1906"
  • George Sumner, "Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934"
  • George Sumner, "Connecticut, Charles R. Hale Collection, Vital Records, 1640-1955"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    28 September 1752Pomfret, Windham, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America
  • Children (8)

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    Siblings (7)

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    World Events (2)


    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."""""""

    Name Meaning

    English: from the Middle English (Old English) personal name Sumor, Sumer, originally a nickname from Middle English sum(m)er ‘summer’, and perhaps still a nickname (compare 4 below) in the period of surname formation. The personal name is not independently recorded but in England appears in the placenames Somersall (Derbyshire) and Somersham (Suffolk and Cambridgeshire).

    English: occupational name from Middle English somer, somour, perhaps a shortened form of sommerer, somerour ‘packhorse man, carrier’, itself a derivative of Middle English somer (Old French sommier) ‘beast of burden, packhorse’. Alternatively, the name may imply ‘porter, carrier’. It is possible that somer and somour are derivatives of Middle English som(m)e, sum(m)e ‘weight’, derived from Old French somme, some ‘weight, burden’. Compare Middle English seme, some (Old English sēam, sēom) ‘load, burden, weight’. This surname is widely recorded across medieval England but the absence of any Middle English examples with the definite article and of any relevant contextual evidence makes an occupational sense difficult to confirm. However, the Middle English surname Somister, which appears to be occupational (see Sumpter ), may imply the existence of a twin form Somer, similar to pairs like Baker and Baxter, Webber and Webster.

    English: possibly also from a Middle English assimilated form of Sumner .

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

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