George Holley

22 July 1831–2 January 1892 (Age 60)
Farmington, Franklin, Maine, United States

The Life Summary of George

When George Holley was born on 22 July 1831, in Farmington, Franklin, Maine, United States, his father, William Holley, was 45 and his mother, Susanna Daggett, was 40. He married Emeline Rachel Backus on 8 September 1859. They were the parents of at least 4 daughters. He died on 2 January 1892, in Farmington, Franklin, Maine, United States, at the age of 60, and was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Farmington, Franklin, Maine, United States.

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George Holley
Emeline Rachel Backus
Marriage: 8 September 1859
Augusta Bacchus Holley
Annie A. Holley
Annie Abbott Holley
Florence Emma Holley

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  • Marriage
    8 September 1859United States
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    World Events (8)

    1832 · The Black Hawk War
    Age 1
    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.
    Age 7
    Historical Boundaries: 1838: Franklin, Maine, United States
    1851 · First State to Attempt Prohibition
    Age 20
    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:nickname from Middle English hol ‘hollow’ + eie, egh(e) ‘eye’ (Old English hol + ēage), perhaps a nickname for someone with a missing eye.topographic name for someone who lived by a ‘clearing in a hollow’, from Middle English hol ‘hollow’ + lei(e) ‘woodland clearing’.

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

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    Sources (3)

    • George Holly in household of William Holly, "United States Census, 1850"
    • George Holley in entry for Augusta B. Felch, "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947"
    • George Holley, "United States Census, 1880"

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