Benjamin Meacham

23 March 1820–13 November 1896 (Age 76)
New Salem, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Benjamin

When Benjamin Meacham was born on 23 March 1820, in New Salem, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Benjamin Meacham, was 36 and his mother, Esther Blanchard, was 28. He married Catherine Carpenter Walker on 7 October 1840, in Petersham, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States for about 20 years. He died on 13 November 1896, at the age of 76.

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Benjamin Meacham
Catherine Carpenter Walker
Marriage: 7 October 1840
Sarah Jane Meacham
Charles Benjamin Meacham

Spouse and Children


    Catherine Carpenter Walker


7 October 1840
Petersham, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States


    Sarah Jane Meacham


    Charles Benjamin Meacham


Parents and Siblings



World Events (7)

1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land

Age 1

A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.
1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 5

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.

Age 26

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

English: variant of Machen . This is a late (17th-century) form.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Benjamin Meacham, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Benjamin Macham, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Benjamin Meachum, "Massachusetts, State Census, 1855"

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