Martha Winch

Brief Life History of Martha

When Martha Winch was born on 4 January 1789, in Fitzwilliam, Cheshire, New Hampshire, United States, her father, Samuel Winch, was 28 and her mother, Elizabeth Maynard, was 27. She died in 1863, at the age of 74.

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Family Time Line

Samuel Winch
1760–1801
Elizabeth Maynard
1761–1810
Elizabeth Winch
1780–1781
Elizabeth Winch
1789–1812
Susan "Sukey" Winch
1788–1873
Martha Winch
1789–1863
Samuel Winch II
1797–1875
John Winch
1799–1879
Clarissa Winch
1801–1885

Sources (1)

  • Fitzwilliam baptism records

World Events (8)

1791

Bill of Rights guarantees individual freedom.

1808 · Concord Becomes the Capital

In 1808, Concord became the capital of New Hampshire. It was originally the Penacook Plantation given to the state by the Massachusetts Bay Colony. 

1812

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

Name Meaning

English: from Middle English winche ‘winch, pulley’ (Old English wince), later meaning ‘well’, presumably because a winch would have been used to extract water from a well. The surname is probably a topographic name for someone who lived by a well. Compare Wink . This may also be a topographic name denoting someone who lived by a sharp bend in a river or valley, from a transferred sense of winche ‘winch, pulley’. This term and sense appears to be behind some placenames, such as Wincham (Kent) and Winchbottom (Buckinghamshire).

English: habitational name from East and West Winch (Norfolk). The placenames probably derive from Old English winn ‘pasture, meadow’ + wīc ‘dwelling, specialized farmstead’.

English: perhaps also a nickname from a further transferred use of the Middle English word in sense 1 above, for a lapwing (compare Middle English lapwink ‘lapwing’, Old English hlēapewince) or other bird known for its leaping and twisting flight.

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

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