Mary Zillah Breckenridge

1 June 1821–9 September 1897 (Age 76)
Becket, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Mary Zillah

When Mary Zillah Breckenridge was born on 1 June 1821, in Becket, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Francis Breakenridge, was 25 and her mother, Zillah Millard, was 20. She married Wesley Chauncey Foster on 14 December 1843. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Lee, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States for about 37 years. She died on 9 September 1897, in Lenox, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Lee, Allegan, Michigan Territory, United States.

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Wesley Chauncey Foster
Mary Zillah Breckenridge
Marriage: 14 December 1843
Martha Fanny Foster
Mary Frances Foster
Charles Wesley Foster
George Hinman Foster
Laura M Foster

Spouse and Children

14 December 1843


Parents and Siblings

    Francis Breakenridge





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World Events (7)

1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 4

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
1828 · Michigan Capitol Building Constructed

Age 7

The first capitol building for Michigan was built in Detroit in 1828 and served the territory until it became a state in 1847. The old building was turned into a high school until it was demolished in 1893 after a fire engulfed the building. Today the land serves as a park for the community with a monument in remembrance of the first capitol building of Michigan.

Age 25

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

Scottish, northern Irish, and English: habitational name from Brackenrig in Lanarkshire, so named with northern Middle English braken ‘bracken’ (Old Norse brækni) + rigg ‘ridge’ (Old Norse hryggr), or from a similarly named place in northern England.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Mary Lester in household of Wesley C Lester, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Mary Z Foster in household of Wesley C Foster, "Massachusetts State Census, 1865"
  • Mary F Foster in household of Wesley C Foster, "United States Census, 1860"

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