Sylvanus Dunham

26 May 1714–8 May 1796 (Age 81)
Plympton, Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America

The Life of Sylvanus

When Sylvanus Dunham was born on 26 May 1714, in Plympton, Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, his father, Deacon. Israel Dunham, was 24 and his mother, Joannah Rickard, was 22. He married Rebeckah Crocker in 1740, in Plympton, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 4 daughters. He registered for military service in 1776. He died on 8 May 1796, in Carver, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Lakenham Cemetery, Carver, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States.

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Sylvanus Dunham
Rebeckah Crocker
Marriage: 1740
Israel Dunham I
Silvanus Dunham Jr.
Rebecca Dunham
Simeon Dunham
Silas Dunham
Patience Dunham
Susannah Dunham
Elijah Dunham
Moley Dunham
Asa Dunham
Eleazer Dunham Sr.

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Plympton, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States


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Age 62

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 62

"""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

Age 67

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 (chiefly Norfolk): habitational name from any of several places called Dunham, of which one is in Norfolk. Most are named from Old English dūn ‘hill’ + hām ‘homestead’. A place in Lincolnshire now known as Dunholme appears in Domesday Book as Duneham and this too may be a source of the surname; here the first element is probably the Old English personal name Dunna.

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

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Silvanus Dunham and Isaac Dunham.

This article was found in EDITED BY: LEROY W. KINGMAN W. A. FERGUSSON & CO. ELMIRA, N. Y., 189? The Dunham family has been well represented in Nichols, nine brothers coming hither b …

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  • Sylvanus Dunam, "Massachusetts, Revolutionary War, Index Cards to Muster Rolls, 1775-1783"
  • Sylvanus Dunam Or Dunham, "Massachusetts, Revolutionary War, Index Cards to Muster Rolls, 1775-1783"
  • Sylvanus Dunam Or Dunham, "Massachusetts, Revolutionary War, Index Cards to Muster Rolls, 1775-1783"

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