Richard Dillingham

1844–1862 (Age 18)
Indiana, United States

The Life of Richard

When Richard Dillingham was born in 1844, in Indiana, United States, his father, Michael T. Dillingham, was 32 and his mother, Sarah S Ridge, was 26. He lived in Gill Township, Sullivan, Indiana, United States for about 10 years. He died on 14 February 1862, in Hamilton Township, Sullivan, Indiana, United States, at the age of 18.

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Michael T. Dillingham
Sarah S Ridge
Martha E. (Dillingham) Dudley)
James C Dillingham
Martha E. Dillingham
Sarah F Dillingham
Richard Dillingham
Cynthia Ann Dillingham
John J. Dillingham
Caroline Dillingham
William A. Dillingham
Samuel A. Dillingham

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World Events (3)


Age 2

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1851 · Constitution of 1851

Age 7

Due to the state’s financial crisis during the previous decade and growing criticism toward state government. Voters approve the Constitution of 1851 which forbade the state government from going into debt.
1856 · The Town of Santa Claus

Age 12

The town of Santa Fe was denied their application for a United States Postal Service as a town of Santa Fe, Indiana, was already established. Several meetings were held and the name was changed to Santa Claus, Indiana. The United States Postal Service granted their application. Due to the name, the post office in Santa Claus continues to receive thousands of letters to Santa Claus from children around the world each December.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name, probably from Dullingham in Cambridgeshire, named in Old English as ‘homestead (Old English hām) of the people (-inga-) of Dull(a)’ (an unattested personal name).

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

Sources (2)

  • Richard Dillingham in household of Michael Dillingham, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Richard Dillingham in household of M T Dillingham, "United States Census, 1850"

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