Richard James Lancaster

1870–1949 (Age 78)
Argyle, Lafayette, Wisconsin, United States

The Life of Richard James

When Richard James Lancaster was born on 28 August 1870, in Argyle, Lafayette, Wisconsin, United States, his father, Thomas Lancaster, was 39 and his mother, Maria Maude Cook, was 26. He married Edith May Bridgman on 24 February 1897, in Lamont, Lafayette, Wisconsin, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. He lived in Lafayette, Wisconsin, United States in 1935 and Lamont, Lafayette, Wisconsin, United States in 1940. He died on 3 February 1949, in Wisconsin, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Lamont, Lafayette, Wisconsin, United States.

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Family Time Line

Richard James Lancaster
Edith May Bridgman
Marriage: 24 February 1897
Ethel Lenore Lancaster
Lela Idel Lancaster
Hiram de LaFayette Lancaster

Spouse & Children

24 February 1897
Lamont, Lafayette, Wisconsin, United States


Parents & Siblings

  • Male1831–1981Male

  • Maria Maude Cook




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World Events (8)

1872 · The First National Park

Age 2

Yellowstone National Park was given the title of the first national park by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also believed to be the first national park in the world.
1883 · The Newhall House Hotel Fire

Age 13

A fire erupted on January 10, 1883, at the Newhall Hotel in Milwaukee. The fire began at 4:00 am in an elevator shaft and raced up through the building. The fire spread so quickly that many could not escape. General and Mrs. Tom Thumb, stars of P.T. Barnum's circus, were guests in the hotel at the time of the fire. A firefighter reached them by ladder and they were able to escape safely. The exact number of deaths remains unknown as the hotel register was destroyed in the fire, however, the death toll is estimated between 75-90.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 26

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Lancaster in northwestern England, named in Old English as ‘Roman fort on the Lune’, from the Lune river, on which it stands, + Old English cæster ‘Roman fort or walled city’ (Latin castra ‘legionary camp’). The river name is probably British, perhaps related to Gaelic slán ‘healthy’, ‘salubrious’.

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • R James Lancaster, "United States Census, 1940"
  • R James Lancaster, "United States Census, 1930"
  • R James Lancaster, "United States Census, 1920"

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