Joanna Gerrish Witham

Brief Life History of Joanna Gerrish

When Joanna Gerrish Witham was born on 15 May 1817, in Kittery, York, Maine, United States, her father, James Witham Jr., was 28 and her mother, Sally Gerrish, was 28. She married Alfred Bunker on 18 October 1835. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Rye, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States in 1880. She died on 27 April 1900, in Everett, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 82.

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Alfred Bunker
Joanna Gerrish Witham
Marriage: 18 October 1835
Charles Henry Bunker
Emily Amanda Bunker
Sarah Jane Bunker
Estella Ann Bunker
Daniel B. Bunker
John William Bunker
Clarence Semore Bunker
Edmund Alfred Bunker
George G. Bunker
Valentine George Bunker
Herbert Holmes Bunker
Alfred W. Bunker

Sources (35)

  • Joanna Bunker in household of Alfred Bunker, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Joanna G. Wilham, "Maine Births and Christenings, 1739-1900"
  • Lonna Witham, "Maine Marriages, 1771-1907"

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World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 


Maine is the 23rd state.

1842 · Webster–Ashburton Treaty

The Webster-Ashburton Treaty was signed on August 9, 1842 and resolved the border issues between the United States and British North American colonies which had caused the Aroostook War. The treaty contained several agreements and concessions. It called for an end on the overseas slave trade and proposed that both parties share the Great Lakes. It also reaffirmed the location of the westward frontier border (near the Rocky Mountains) as well as the border between Lake Superior and Lake of the Woods. The treaty was signed by Daniel Webster (United States Secretary of State) and Alexander Baring (British Diplomat, 1st Baron Ashburton).

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places so called, particularly those in Essex, Lincolnshire, and Somerset, though most often from Essex. The Essex placename may derive from Old English wiht ‘curve, bend’ + hām ‘village, homestead’. North and South Witham in Lincolnshire take their names from the river Witham (of uncertain origin). Witham on the Hill (Lincolnshire) may derive from the Old English personal name Wit(t)a, Old English wita ‘councillor’, or wiht ‘curve, bend’ + hām. The Somerset placename derives from the Old English personal name Wit(t)a or Old English wita + hām.

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

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