Nason Bickford

21 September 1826–20 August 1909 (Age 82)
Pittsfield, Somerset, Maine, United States

The Life of Nason

When Nason Bickford was born on 21 September 1826, in Pittsfield, Somerset, Maine, United States, his father, Stephen Bickford, was 24 and his mother, Mary Polly Bickford, was 23. He married Lorenda P. Foster on 23 September 1848. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Maine, United States in 1870 and Belgrade, Kennebec, Maine, United States for about 20 years. He died on 20 August 1909, in North Belgrade, Belgrade, Kennebec, Maine, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Belgrade, Kennebec, Maine, United States.

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Nason Bickford
Lorenda P. Foster
Marriage: 23 September 1848
Frank Rossell Bickford
Triphena Bickford
Fannie Bickford
William H Bickford
Rosander M. Bickford
Milford Bickford
Belle A Bickford
Louise F Bickford

Spouse and Children

23 September 1848


    Frank Rossell Bickford


    Triphena Bickford


    Fannie Bickford



    Rosander M. Bickford


+3 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Stephen Bickford


    Mary Polly Bickford




    Pamelia Bickford


    Louis BICKFORD



    Tryphena BICKFORD



+5 More Children

World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 4

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.
1832 · Calais Branch is Chartered

Age 6

The State of Maine chartered the Calais Railway in 1832, one of the first railway charters to be granted by the state. Construction was very long, as the project was reorganized, abandoned, transferred to other companies, and extended several times. It was finally completed in 1898.
1851 · First State to Attempt Prohibition

Age 25

In 1851, Maine outlawed the sale of alcohol, allowing exceptions only for "medicinal, mechanical, and manufacturing purposes". This made Maine the first state to experiment with prohibition. Neal Dow, mayor of Portland, believed that alcohol was linked to slavery and was also convinced by the Christian temperance movement. Dow ran into problems later for his anti-immigration rhetoric against the Irish, and also for breaking his own prohibition laws; although not a designated "purchaser", Dow personally purchased alcohol to distribute to local doctors, violating a technicality. As the citizens turned against him, Dow eventually ordered soldiers to fire on protesters. This marked a sharp decline in Dow's political career, and the Maine Law was repealed by 1856. Aspects of the law would remain in tact, however, and ultimately paved the way for the 18th Amendment, which prohibited alcohol on the national level.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place named Bickford, from the Old English personal name Bicca + Old English ford ‘ford’. There is one such place in Staffordshire, but the surname is more common in Devon, where it is derived from Bickford Town in Plympton St. Mary parish.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Nason Bickford in household of William Foster, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Nason Bickford, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Mason Bickford, "United States Census, 1900"

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