Lodema Knickerbocker

1826–18 December 1879 (Age 53)
Onondaga, Onondaga, New York, United States

The Life of Lodema

When Lodema Knickerbocker was born in 1826, in Onondaga, Onondaga, New York, United States, her father, Seymour Knickerbocker, was 41 and her mother, Dorothy Wallace, was 46. She married Eber Peet about 1858, in Cazenovia, Cazenovia, Madison, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She died on 18 December 1879, in Cazenovia, Cazenovia, Madison, New York, United States, at the age of 53, and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Cazenovia, Cazenovia, Madison, New York, United States.

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Family Time Line

Eber Peet
Lodema Knickerbocker
Marriage: about 1858
Ellie Amsden

Spouse and Children

about 1858
Cazenovia, Cazenovia, Madison, New York, United States


    Ellie Amsden




Parents and Siblings

    Seymour Knickerbocker


    Dorothy Wallace




    Harry Knickerbocker


    Levi Knickerbocker


    Seymour Knickerbocker



World Events (7)

1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 1

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.
1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 4

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.

Age 20

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

Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of the Dutch occupational name Knickerbacker ‘marble baker’, i.e., a baker of children's clay marbles. This lowly occupation became synonymous with the patrician class in NYC through Washington Irving's attribution of his History of New York ( 1809 ) to a fictitious author named Diedrich Knickerbocker. By the late 1850s the term had also come to denote a type of loose breeches gathered below the knee, evidently because of the resemblance of the garment to the breeches of the Dutchmen in Cruikshank's illustrations to Irving's book.

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

Sources (3)

  • Lodema Shelden in household of Harrison Shelden, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Lodema Peet in household of Eber Peet, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Lodema Peet in household of Eber Peet, "New York State Census, 1875"

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