William Fisher

20 March 1790–
Wrentham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of William

When William Fisher was born on 20 March 1790, in Wrentham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States, his father, William Cowell Fisher, was 32 and his mother, Lois Mason, was 24.

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Family Time Line

William Cowell Fisher
1757–1849
Lois Mason
1766–1849
Martha Fisher
1789–1815
William Fisher
1790–
Louisa Fisher
1791–1867
Elias M. Fisher
1793–1869
William Fisher
1798–1858
Mary Ann Bennett
1803–1857

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World Events (3)

1791

Age 1

Bill of Rights guarantees individual freedom.
1791 · The Bill of Rights

Age 1

After the Constitution was made, some objections were raised by Anti-Federalists. So, in response ten amendments were discussed and voted on to become The Bill of Rights. These rights were made to clarify and guarantee certain freedoms of residents of the country.
1791 · The Whiskey Rebellion

Age 1

A tax protest in the early 1790s was caused by the first tax imposed by the government on the American people after the United States became its own country. The tax applied to all distilled beverages, mainly Whiskey. Protesters used violence and different intimidation tactics to attempt to prevent federal officials from collecting the tax. Because the resistance was increasing, George Washington himself went to confront the rebels. No shots were fired but 20 men were arrested and then later pardoned. Being able to demonstrate that the new government had the will and the ability to suppress violent within its borders.

Name Meaning

1 English: occupational name for a fisherman, Middle English fischer. The name has also been used in Ireland as a loose equivalent of Braden . As an American family name, this has absorbed cognates and names of similar meaning from many other European languages, including German Fischer, Dutch Visser, Hungarian Halász, Italian Pescatore, Polish Rybarz, etc.2 In a few cases, the English name may in fact be a topographic name for someone who lived near a fish weir on a river, from the Old English term fisc-gear ‘fish weir’.3 Jewish (Ashkenazic): occupational name for a fisherman, Yiddish fisher, German Fischer.

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

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Sources (2)

  • William Fisher, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • William Fisher, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"

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