Mary Ann Whitford

Brief Life History of Mary Ann

When Mary Ann Whitford was born on 1 February 1826, in Charlestown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States, her father, Rodman Whitford, was 30 and her mother, Mary Clarke, was 29. She married Stephen Essex on 11 October 1847, in Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She lived in Warren, Bristol, Rhode Island, United States for about 20 years and Bristol, Bristol, Rhode Island, United States in 1900. She died on 20 September 1915, in Bristol, Rhode Island, United States, at the age of 89.

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Family Time Line

Stephen Essex
1822–1882
Mary Ann Whitford
1826–1915
Marriage: 11 October 1847
Isabella Judson Essex
1849–1936
Evelyn Matilda Essex
1857–1934
Edwin S Essex
1857–

Sources (14)

  • Mary Essex in household of Stephen Essex, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Mary A. Whitford, "Rhode Island, Marriages, 1724-1916"
  • Mary Ann Whitford Essex, "Rhode Island Deaths and Burials, 1802-1950"

World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

1841 · Dorr Rebellion

The Dorr Rebellion, led by Thomas Wilson Dorr, took place from 1841 until 1842. During the Rebellion, the middle-class residents of Rhode Island attempted to force broader democracy to the state legislation.

1862 · US Naval Academy

The US Naval Academy was moved to Newport, Rhode Island from its original in Annapolis, Maryland on May 9, 1862.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: habitational name from Whitford in Shute (Devon) or Whitford in Bromsgrove (Worcestershire) in England. In Scotland, from Whiteford near Paisley (Renfrewshire). The placenames probably derive from Old English hwīt ‘white’ + ford ‘ford’ or their Scots equivalents.

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

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