Matilda Brightman

Brief Life History of Matilda

When Matilda Brightman was born in 1774, in Westport, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Henry Brightman, was 35 and her mother, Susannah Latham, was 34. She married Samuel Wilcox Jr. on 11 January 1793, in Westport, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 5 daughters. She died on 19 June 1858, in Westport, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 84.

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Samuel Wilcox Jr.
Matilda Brightman
Marriage: 11 January 1793
Rhoba Wilcox
Mary Wilcox
Seabury Willcox
Samuel Wilcox
Lucy Wilcox
Comfort Wilcox
Bradford Wilcox
Lucretia A. Wilcox

Sources (29)

  • Matilda Wilcox in household of Samuel Wilcox, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Matilda Brightman, "Massachusetts, Marriages, 1695-1910"
  • Matilda Wilcox, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915"

World Events (7)


Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

1776 · The Declaration to the King

"""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.

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: from the Old English personal name Brihtmann, Beorhtmann (from beorht, briht ‘bright’ + mann ‘man’).

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

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