Martha Harrington

27 January 1756–
Scituate, Providence, Rhode Island, United States

The Life of Martha

When Martha Harrington was born on 27 January 1756, in Scituate, Providence, Rhode Island, United States, her father, Josiah Harrington Jr., was 28 and her mother, Sarah Bennett, was 26.

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Family Time Line

Josiah Harrington Jr.
1727–1815
Sarah Bennett
1729–1818
Elizabeth Harrington
1749–1825
Sarah Harrington
1750–1787
Zilpah Harrington
1753–1798
Martha Harrington
1756–
Mary Harrington
1758–1844
Josiah Harrington
1760–1847
Isaiah Harrington
1760–1874
Amie Harrington
1763–1854
Nancy Harrington
1765–
Stephen Harrington
1767–1826
John Harrington
1769–
Benjamin Harrington
1772–1844
Margaret Harrington
1772–1861

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World Events (3)

1776

Age 20

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776

Age 20

Rhode Island was first to declare its independence from Britain on May 4, 1776.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 20

"""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

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 (3)

  • Martha Herndeen, "Rhode Island, Marriages, 1724-1916"
  • Martha Herendeen, "Rhode Island, Marriages, 1724-1916"
  • Martha Harendeen, "Rhode Island, Births and Christenings, 1600-1914"

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