Mary O. Burgess

27 January 1842–1867 (Age 24)
Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine, United States

The Life of Mary O.

When Mary O. Burgess was born on 27 January 1842, in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine, United States, her father, Isaiah Burgess, was 39 and her mother, Elmira Hussey, was 28. She died in 1867, in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine, United States, at the age of 25, and was buried in Vassalboro, Kennebec, Maine, United States.

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Isaiah Burgess
Elmira Hussey
George B Burgess
Jane R Burgess
Alonzo P. Burgess
Charles E Burgess
Mary O. Burgess
Hannah M. Burgess
Isaiah Paul Burgess
Chester Crowell Burgess

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Age 4

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1851 · First State to Attempt Prohibition

Age 9

"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 This marked a sharp decline in Dow's political career, and the Maine Law was repealed by 1856.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."

Age 21

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: status name from Middle English burge(i)s, Old French burgeis ‘inhabitant and (usually) freeman of a (fortified) town’ ( see Burke ), especially one with municipal rights and duties. Burgesses generally had tenure of land or buildings from a landlord by burgage. In medieval England burgage involved the payment of a fixed money rent (as opposed to payment in kind); in Scotland it involved payment in service, guarding the town. The -eis ending is from Latin -ensis (modern English -ese as in Portuguese). Compare Burger .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Mary C Burges in household of Isaiah Burges, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Mary O Burgess in household of Isaiah Burgess, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Mary O Burgess, "Maine, Faylene Hutton Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1990"

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