Betsey Sisson

1806–16 November 1864 (Age 58)
Rhode Island, United States

The Life of Betsey

When Betsey Sisson was born in 1806, in Rhode Island, United States, her father, George Sion Sisson, was 38 and her mother, Betsey Weldon, was 39. She married Thomas P Merritt before 1855. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Caton, Steuben, New York, United States in 1855. She died on 16 November 1864, in Alfred, Allegany, New York, United States, at the age of 58.

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Thomas P Merritt
Betsey Sisson
Marriage: before 1855
Mary C Slater
George H Davis

Spouse and Children

    Thomas P Merritt



before 1855


    Mary C Slater


    George H Davis


Parents and Siblings



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World Events (8)


Age 2

Atlantic slave trade abolished.
1811 · USS Revenge

Age 5

On January 9, 1811, the USS Revenge hits a reef off of Watch Hill, Rhode Island. The load the ship is carrying is handed off to other ships and the USS Revenge is tied down by tow ropes. It brakes free from the ropes and later sinks. In 2011 divers find what are believed to be the remains of the ship.
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 21

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.

Name Meaning

English:1. metronymic from the medieval female personal name Siss, Ciss, short for Sisley, Cecilie ( see Sisley ), or possibly from a pet form of Sisley (with the old French diminutive suffix -on). 2. variant of Sessions .

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

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  • Betsey Merritt in household of Thomas P Merritt, "New York State Census, 1855"

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