Rebecca Meriam

28 September 1731–23 October 1819 (Age 88)
Bedford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Rebecca

When Rebecca Meriam was born on 28 September 1731, in Bedford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Lieut John Meriam, was 31 and her mother, Abigail Hayward, was 21. She married Joseph Stone on 13 January 1758, in Bedford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. She died on 23 October 1819, in Harvard, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 88.

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Joseph Stone
Rebecca Meriam
Marriage: 13 January 1758

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13 January 1758
Bedford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States

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Age 45

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 45

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""
1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 69

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Merriams in Leeds, Kent.

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

Sources (3)

  • Rebekah Meriam in entry for Joseph Stone, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910"
  • Rebekah Meriam in entry for Joseph Stone, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910"
  • Rebecah Mariam, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"

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