Martha Jane Pinch

29 September 1819–27 October 1855 (Age 36)
Geneva, Ontario, New York, United States

The Life of Martha Jane

When Martha Jane Pinch was born on 29 September 1819, in Geneva, Ontario, New York, United States, her father, John Pinch, was 25 and her mother, Martha Reed, was 30. She married Benjamin Predmore Frazer on 18 July 1833, in Ontario, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Town of Canandaigua, Ontario, New York, United States for about 5 years. She died on 27 October 1855, at the age of 36.

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Family Time Line

Benjamin Predmore Frazer
Martha Jane Pinch
Marriage: 18 July 1833
Benjamin Frazer
John Ingersoll Frazer
Emily Frazer
William Frazer
Henry Frazer
Frances Frazer

Spouse and Children

18 July 1833
Ontario, New York, United States


    Benjamin Frazer


    John Ingersoll Frazer


    Emily Frazer


    William Frazer



+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings




    Owen Owens Pinch


    Julia Maria Pinch


    Caroline Louise Pinch


    Harriet Ann Pinch


+1 More Child

World Events (5)

1820 · Making States Equal

Age 1

The Missouri Compromise helped provide the entrance of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state into the United States. As part of the compromise, slavery was prohibited north of the 36°30′ parallel, excluding Missouri.
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 8

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 11

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.

Name Meaning

English (mainly Devon):1. nickname for a chirpy person, from Middle English pinch, pink ‘(chaf)finch’. Compare Finch . 2. possibly a metonymic occupational name from Middle English pinche ‘pleated fabric’, from Middle English pinche(n) ‘to pinch (pastry)’, ‘to pleat (fabric)’, ‘to crimp (hair, etc.)’, also ‘to cavil’, ‘to be niggardly’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Martha Frazer in household of Benjamin P Frazer, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Martha Frazer in household of Benjamin P Frazer, "New York State Census, 1855"
  • New York State Census Records

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