William Drinkwater

about 1708–
Altrincham, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of William

William Drinkwater was born about 1708, in Altrincham, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom as the son of Thomas Drinkwater and Jane. He married Ann Pickston on 10 February 1739, in Bowdon, Cheshire, England. He lived in Bowdon, Cheshire, England for about 8 years.

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William Drinkwater
Ann Pickston
Marriage: 10 February 1739

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  • Marriage
    10 February 1739Bowdon, Cheshire, England
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    World Events (7)

    1720 · South Sea Bubble
    Age 12
    The South Sea Bubble Bill was passed by the House of Lords in 1720. This allowed the South Sea company to monopolize trade with South America. The company underwrote the English National Debt which promised 5% interest from the government. As shares rose exponentially, many companies were created and many fortunes were made. The stocks crashed and many people lost their money which caused them to become destitute overnight and suicide was common. Robert Walpole took charge of the South Sea Bubble Financial Crisis by dividing the national debt between the Bank of England, the Treasury, and the Sinking Fund.
    1752 · Gregorian Calendar is Adopted
    Age 44
    Gregorian calendar was adopted in England in 1752. That year, Wednesday, September 2, 1752, was followed by Thursday, September 14th, 1752, which caused the country to skip ahead eleven days.
    1754 · Seven Years' War
    Age 46
    The Seven Years' War began as a North American conflict then stretched between England and France. England, along with allies, battled France in America, India, and Europe, making it arguably the first global war. The conflict ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1763 and England was victorious. The Seven Years' war ultimately led to discontent in the colonies and the American Revolution.

    Name Meaning

    English: nickname from Middle English drink + water. In the Middle Ages weak ale was the universal beverage among the poorer classes, and so cheap as to be drunk like water, whereas water itself was only doubtfully potable. The surname was perhaps a joking nickname given to a pauper or miser allegedly unable or unwilling to afford beer, or may have been given in irony to an innkeeper or a noted tippler. Compare French Boileau , German Trinkwasser.

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

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    Sources (3)

    • Wm. Drinkwater in entry for Ann Drinkwater, "England, Cheshire Parish Registers, 1538-2000"
    • Wm. Drinkwater in entry for Ann Drinkwater, "England, Cheshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1598-1900"
    • William Drinkwater, "England, Cheshire Parish Registers, 1538-2000"

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