Sarah Besse

25 June 1772–27 August 1857 (Age 85)
Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States

The Life Summary of Sarah

When Sarah Besse was born on 25 June 1772, in Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Nehemiah Besse, was 42 and her mother, Sarah Perry, was 42. She married Gideon Maxham in 1794. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Waterbury, Washington, Vermont, United States in 1850. She died on 27 August 1857, in Royalton, Windsor, Vermont, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Prosper Cemetery, Woodstock, Windsor, Vermont, United States.

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Family Time Line

Gideon Maxham
Sarah Besse
Marriage: 1794
Marcus Maxham
William Maxham
Gideon Maxham
Susan Maxham
Nehemiah Besse Maxham
Sarah Maxham
Maryett Maxham
Jabez Maxham
Mary Maxham
Lyman Maxham
Leonard Maxham
George Washington Maxham
Nancy A. Maxham

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    World Events (7)

    Age 4
    Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
    1791 · Vermont Becomes 14th State
    Age 19
    On March 4, 1791, Vermont became the 14th state.
    1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.
    Age 28
    While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

    Name Meaning

    (1997: 635;2007: 1176; 2010: 1497)French: topographic name for someone who lived by a birch tree or in a birch wood, from Occitan bès ‘birch tree’, or a habitational name from (La) Besse, the name of several places mainly in southern France, named from the same word (ultimately from Gaulish betu).

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

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    Sources (12)

    • Sarah Besse, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
    • Sarah Maxham in household of Leonard Maxham, "United States Census, 1850"
    • Sally Bassit in entry for Geo. W. Maxham, "Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954"

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