Lydia Eleanor Simpson

4 July 1832–14 February 1891 (Age 58)
Rumford, Oxford, Maine, United States

The Life of Lydia Eleanor

When Lydia Eleanor Simpson was born on 4 July 1832, in Rumford, Oxford, Maine, United States, her father, Nathaniel Simpson, was 41 and her mother, Lydia Elliot, was 51. She married John Dolley about 1862, in Rumford, Oxford, Maine, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She lived in Milton Plantation, Oxford, Maine, United States in 1860 and Maine, United States in 1870. She died on 14 February 1891, in Rumford, Oxford, Maine, United States, at the age of 58, and was buried in Rumford, Oxford, Maine, United States.

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John Dolley
Lydia Eleanor Simpson
Marriage: about 1862
William E Dolley
Emma Jane Dolley
Lydia E Dolly

Spouse and Children

about 1862
Rumford, Oxford, Maine, United States


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World Events (7)

1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 4

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.
1838 · The Aroostook War

Age 6

"An international incident referred to as the Aroostook War or ""Pork and Beans War"". The conflict resulted as part of an international boundary dispute between the United States. Although several British soldiers were captured, nobody was killed during the war. In fact, local militia units did not engage in any significant combat. One of the most dramatic events was actually when two Canadian militia were injured by Black Bears."
1851 · First State to Attempt Prohibition

Age 19

"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."

Name Meaning

1 Scottish and northern English: patronymic from Sim .2 English: habitational name from any of three places in Devon, so named from Old English personal name Sigewine + tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Lydia E Dolly in household of Lydia Simpson, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Lydia E E Simpson in household of Nathanael Simpson, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Lydia E Simpson in household of Nathaniel Simpson, "United States Census, 1850"

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