George W James

Brief Life History of George W

When George W James was born in 1821, in Lincoln, Maine, United States, his father, George William James, was 47 and his mother, Abigail Cookson, was 28. He married Sally R. Ware on 23 May 1840, in Pittsfield, Somerset, Maine, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Exeter, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States in 1880. He died on 23 January 1896, in Windsor, Kennebec, Maine, United States, at the age of 75.

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Family Time Line

George W James
1821–1896
Sally R. Ware
1823–1862
Marriage: 23 May 1840
Adelaide L V James
1841–1925
Agnes Louise James
1841–
George W. James
1843–
Lewis W. James
1845–1863
Edgar A. James
1848–1907
John W James
1850–1944
Vandalia C. James
1854–1901
Franklin James
1858–
Miriam James
1859–
Sally James
1862–

Sources (6)

  • George W. James, "United States Census, 1880"
  • George W. James, "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947"
  • Geo W James, "Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921"

World Events (8)

1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land

A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.

1832 · Calais Branch is Chartered

The State of Maine chartered the Calais Railway in 1832, one of the first railway charters to be granted by the state. Construction was very long, as the project was reorganized, abandoned, transferred to other companies, and extended several times. It was finally completed in 1898.

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 and Welsh: from the Middle English personal name James. Introduced to England by the Normans, this is an Old French form of Late Latin Iacomus, a variant of Latin Iacobus, Greek Iakōbos, the New Testament rendering of Hebrew Ya‘aqob (see Jacob ). The medieval Latin (Vulgate) Bible distinguished between Old Testament Iacob (which was uninflected) and New Testament Iacobus (with inflections). The latter developed into James in medieval French. The distinction was carried over into the King James Bible of 1611, and Jacob and James remain as separate names in English usage. Most European languages, however, make no such distinction, so that forms such as French Jacques , stand for both the Old and the New Testament names. This surname is also very common among African Americans. Compare Jack .

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

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