James Wadsworth

1812–
Salem, New Jersey, United States

The Life of James

When James Wadsworth was born in 1812, in Salem, New Jersey, United States, his father, Sylvester Henry Wordsworth, was 28 and his mother, Keturah S Catherine Morgan, was 21.

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Sylvester Henry Wordsworth
1784–1816
Keturah S Catherine Morgan
1791–1839
William Shin Wordsworth
1810–1888
James Wadsworth
1812–
Jacob D Wadsworth
1815–1897

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World Events (3)

1812

Age 0

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
1812 · War of 1812

Age 0

Because of the outbreak of war from Napoleonic France, Britain decided to blockade the trade between the United States and the French. The US then fought this action and said it was illegal under international law. Britain supplied Native Americans who raided settlers living on the frontier and halting expansion westward. In 1814, one of the British raids stormed into Washington D.C. burning down the capital. Neither the Americans or the British wanted to continue fighting, so negotiations of peace began. After Treaty of Ghent was signed, Unaware of the treaty, British forces invaded Louisiana but were defeated in January 1815.
1820

Age 8

On January 28, 1820, the New Jersey Legislature incorporated the City of Jersey from parts of the Bergen Township. The city would be reincorporated two more times (January 23, 1829 and February 22, 1838) before receiving its official name. Jersey City became part of the new Hudson County in February of 1840.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Wadsworth near Halifax, West Yorkshire, named with the Old English personal name Wæddi + worð ‘enclosure’.

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

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