Martha Winship

30 December 1846–30 March 1869 (Age 22)
Franklin, Maine, United States

The Life of Martha

When Martha Winship was born on 30 December 1846, in Franklin, Maine, United States, her father, Samuel David Winship, was 41 and her mother, Sarah Judkins, was 25. She died on 30 March 1869, in Strong, Franklin, Maine, United States, at the age of 22, and was buried in Strong, Franklin, Maine, United States.

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Samuel David Winship
Sarah Judkins
Delphina L Winship
Martha Winship
Clara E. Winship
Charles Wesley Winship

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World Events (5)

1851 · First State to Attempt Prohibition

Age 5

"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 This marked a sharp decline in Dow's political career, and the Maine Law was repealed by 1856.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 17

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg

Age 17

The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.

Name Meaning

English: of uncertain origin. Reaney suggests that it may be habitational name from Wincheap Street in Canterbury, but this origin is not supported by the present-day distribution of the surname, which is heavily concentrated in northeastern England.

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

Sources (3)

  • Martha C Winship in household of Saml D Winship, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Martha C Winship in household of Sarah Winship, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Mattie C Winship, "Maine, J. Gary Nichols Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1999"

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