Capt. Job Gorham

Brief Life History of Job

When Capt. Job Gorham was christened on 12 December 1754, in Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, his father, Thomas Gorham, was 31 and his mother, Hannah Gorham, was 21. He married Rebecca Davis on 16 February 1786, in Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He died in February 1804, in At Sea, at the age of 49, and was buried in Cobb's Hill Cemetery East and West, Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.

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Capt. Job Gorham
Rebecca Davis
Marriage: 16 February 1786
Lucretia T Gorham
Job Gorham
Abigail Thacher Gorham

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  • Job Gorham, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
  • Job Gorham, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910"
  • Job Gorham, "Find A Grave Index"

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

1776 · The Declaration to the King

"""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."""""""

1781 · The First Constitution

Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.

Name Meaning

English (Kent and Suffolk): habitational name from Gorham Wood in Bicknor (Kent), so named from Old English gāra ‘triangular piece of land’ + hām ‘homestead’.

English and Irish (of Norman origin): habitational name from Gorron, in Mayenne (France).

History: Born in England, John Gorham emigrated to MA and in 1643 married Desire Howland, daughter of John Howland, who came to North America on the Mayflower. His descendant Nathaniel (1738–96) was born in Charlestown, MA. He served as chairman of the Committee of the Whole House of Representatives in 1787, when it debated the American constitution.

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

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