Martha Jane Francis Bessom

18 August 1849–20 March 1920 (Age 70)
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Martha Jane Francis

When Martha Jane Francis Bessom was born on 18 August 1849, in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, her father, James Francis Bessom, was 23 and her mother, Nancy S Phillips, was 20. She married William Ireson Smith on 30 June 1867, in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. She lived in Massachusetts, United States in 1870. She died on 20 March 1920, in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 70.

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William Ireson Smith
Martha Jane Francis Bessom
Marriage: 30 June 1867
William I Smith Jr
Clinton W Smith

Spouse and Children

30 June 1867
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, United States


    William I Smith Jr


    Clinton W Smith


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World Events (8)


Age 14

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg

Age 14

The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.
1868 · Impeach the President!

Age 19

Caused by many crimes and breaking the Tenure of Office Act, Many Senators and House Representatives became angry with President Johnson and began discussions of his Impeachment. After a special session of Congress, the Articles of Impeachment were approved by the House and then the Senate. Making Andrew Johnson the first President to be Impeached.

Name Meaning

English (Sussex): variant of Bosham, a habitational name from Bosham in Sussex, named in Old English with the personal name Bōsa + hām ‘homestead’ or hamm ‘promontory’ or ‘water meadow’.

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

Sources (3)

  • Martha J Smith in household of Jane Smith, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Martha J Bessam in household of James F Bessam, "Massachusetts State Census, 1855"
  • Martha S Bessom in household of James F Bessom, "Massachusetts State Census, 1865"

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