Margaret Ann Rau

9 July 1794–1864 (Age 69)
Amenia, Dutchess, New York, United States

The Life of Margaret Ann

When Margaret Ann Rau was born on 9 July 1794, in Amenia, Dutchess, New York, United States, her father, Elijah Roe, was 46 and her mother, Sarah Culver, was 44. She married Gideon Noble Bearse on 26 February 1817, in Dover, Dutchess, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 1 daughter. She died in 1864, in Washington, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States, at the age of 70, and was buried in Washington Cemetery On The Green, Washington, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States.

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Gideon Noble Bearse
Margaret Ann Rau
Marriage: 26 February 1817
Frederick Canfield Bearce
James Monroe Bearce
Mary Caroline Bearce
John Daniel Bearce
Eli Harvey Bearce
William Henry Bearse

Spouse and Children

26 February 1817
Dover, Dutchess, New York, United States


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World Events (8)

1797 · Albany is Named Capital of New York

Age 3

Albany became the capital of New York in 1797. Albany is the oldest continuous settlement of the original 13 colonies.
1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 6

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 25

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

Name Meaning

1 German: nickname for a ruffian, earlier for a hairy person, from Middle High German rūch, rūhe, rouch ‘hairy’, ‘shaggy’, ‘rough’.2 English: from a medieval personal name, a variant of Ralph .3 Italian (Sicily): from a local variant of the personal name Rao, an old form of Ra(o)ul, composed of the Germanic elements rad ‘counsel’, ‘advice’ + wolf ‘wolf’. Compare Ralph .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Margaret Bearce in entry for Wm.H. Bearce, "Michigan Deaths, 1867-1897"
  • Margaret Ann Bearce in entry for Nehemiah Smith Odell, "Connecticut Marriages, 1630-1997"
  • Margaret Bearce in entry for Wm. H. Bearce, "Michigan Deaths and Burials, 1800-1995"

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