Mary Rathbun

7 June 1778–1 December 1856 (Age 78)
Exeter, Washington, Rhode Island, United States

The Life of Mary

When Mary Rathbun was born on 7 June 1778, in Exeter, Washington, Rhode Island, United States, her father, Simeon Rathbun, was 33 and her mother, Anne Russell, was 27. She married George Knapp on 27 December 1797, in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 3 daughters. She died on 1 December 1856, in Norwich, Chenango, New York, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Village of Oxford, Oxford, Chenango, New York, United States.

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George Knapp
Mary Rathbun
Marriage: 27 December 1797
Anna Knapp
Lucinda "Lucie" Knapp
Ira Knapp
William Knapp
George Knapp
David Knapp
Simeon Knapp
Joseph Knapp
Mary R. Knapp

Spouse and Children

27 December 1797
Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States


    Anna Knapp



    David Knapp


    Simeon Knapp


    Lucinda "Lucie" Knapp


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World Events (8)

1781 · The First Constitution

Age 3

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.

Age 15

The town of Norwich was formed in 1793 from the towns of Union (now in Broome County) and Bainbridge.
1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 22

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

English: variant of Rathbone .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Mary Knapp in household of John Shattuck, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Mary Rathbun, "Rhode Island, Births and Christenings, 1600-1914"
  • Mary Rathbun, "Rhode Island, Births and Christenings, 1600-1914"

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