Henry Wesley Folsom

19 May 1829–4 May 1903 (Age 73)
Orono, Penobscot, Maine, United States

The Life Summary of Henry Wesley

When Henry Wesley Folsom was born on 19 May 1829, in Orono, Penobscot, Maine, United States, his father, John Folsom, was 40 and his mother, Sybil Willard, was 33. He married Eliza Amanda Barlow on 19 September 1852, in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in New Sharon, Franklin, Maine, United States in 1850 and Massachusetts, United States in 1870. He died on 4 May 1903, at the age of 73.

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Henry Wesley Folsom
Eliza Amanda Barlow
Marriage: 19 September 1852
Cora Malinda Folsom
Ada Sybil Folsom
John Orville Folsom

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  • Marriage
    19 September 1852Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1830 · The Second Great Awakening
    Age 1
    Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
    1832 · Calais Branch is Chartered
    Age 3
    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.
    1851 · First State to Attempt Prohibition
    Age 22
    "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

    English: variant of Foulsham, a habitational name from Foulsham in Norfolk, so named from the Old English personal name Fugol + hām ‘homestead’.

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

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    Sources (9)

    • Henry W Folsom in household of John Weld, "United States Census, 1870"
    • Henry W Folsom in household of John Folsom, "United States Census, 1850"
    • Henry W Folsom, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915"

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