Louisa Martha Stearns

1 October 1830–1909 (Age 78)
Bethel, Oxford, Maine, United States

The Life of Louisa Martha

When Louisa Martha Stearns was born on 1 October 1830, in Bethel, Oxford, Maine, United States, her father, Theodore Stearns, was 37 and her mother, Mary Bessey, was 35. She married Addison Brooks Woods on 22 August 1857, in Dodge, Minnesota, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. She died in 1909, at the age of 79.

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Family Time Line

Addison Brooks Woods
1830–1918
Louisa Martha Stearns
1830–1909
Marriage: 22 August 1857
Addison Woods
1857–
Mary Louise Woods
1862–1921
Alice Sarah Woods
1868–1953
Lucy E Woods
1873–1949

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
22 August 1857
Dodge, Minnesota, United States
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Parents and Siblings

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World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 2

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1832 · Calais Branch is Chartered

Age 2

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 21

"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: patronymic from Stern 2.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Louisa M Woods in household of A B Woods, "Minnesota, State Census, 1875"
  • Lavina M Woods in household of A B Woods, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Louesia M Woods in household of A D Woods, "United States Census, 1880"

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