Margaret E Ramsdell

1844–22 July 1885 (Age 41)
Maine, United States

The Life of Margaret E

When Margaret E Ramsdell was born in 1844, in Maine, United States, her father, Bartlett Ramsdell, was 36 and her mother, Ruth Andrews, was 31. She married Seward B. Ackley on 2 June 1864, in Cutler, Washington, Maine, United States. She lived in Cutler, Washington, Maine, United States for about 20 years. She died on 22 July 1885, in Port Gamble, Kitsap, Washington, United States, at the age of 41, and was buried in Port Gamble, Kitsap, Washington, United States.

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Seward B. Ackley
Margaret E Ramsdell
Marriage: 2 June 1864

Spouse and Children

2 June 1864
Cutler, Washington, Maine, United States

Parents and Siblings


    Ruth Andrews




    Nelson Ramsdell


    Judson Ramsdell


    Nathaniel Ramsdell


    Seward Ramsdell


    Jefferson Ramsdell


+9 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 2

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1851 · First State to Attempt Prohibition

Age 7

"In 1851, Maine outlawed the sale of alcohol, allowing exceptions only for ""medicinal, mechanical, and manufacturing purposes"". This made Maine the first state to experiment with prohibition. Neal Dow, mayor of Portland, believed that alcohol was linked to slavery and was also convinced by the Christian temperance movement. Dow ran into problems later for his anti-immigration rhetoric against the Irish, and also for breaking his own prohibition laws; although not a designated ""purchaser"", Dow personally purchased alcohol to distribute to local doctors, violating a technicality. As the citizens turned against him, Dow eventually ordered soldiers to fire on protesters. This marked a sharp decline in Dow's political career, and the Maine Law was repealed by 1856. Aspects of the law would remain in tact, however, and ultimately paved the way for the 18th Amendment, which prohibited alcohol on the national level."

Age 19

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name, possibly from Ramsdell in Hampshire, but more likely from Ramsdale, a place in North Yorkshire, named from Old English hramsa ‘wild garlic’ (or possibly the genitive case of the byname Ram(m) ‘ram’) + dæl ‘valley’, or from Ramsdale Farm in Arnold, Nottinghamshire. Compare Ransdell .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Margeret Ramsdell in household of Bartlett Ramsdell, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Margret Ramsdell in household of Bartlett Ramsdell, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Maggie E Ackley in household of Seward P Ackley, "United States Census, 1880"

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