William Foresman

7 February 1799–9 May 1887 (Age 88)
Lycoming, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of William

When William Foresman was born on 7 February 1799, in Lycoming, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Samuel Foresman, was 43 and his mother, Mary Anderson, was 24. He married Susanna Fisher on 11 March 1824. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. He lived in Snow Shoe Township, Centre, Pennsylvania, United States in 1850 and Penn Township, Shelby, Illinois, United States for about 10 years. He died on 9 May 1887, at the age of 88, and was buried in Moweaqua, Shelby, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Foresman
Susanna Fisher
Marriage: 11 March 1824
Hannah Foresman
Elizabeth Foresman
Mary Foresman
Fisher Foresman

Spouse and Children


    Susanna Fisher


11 March 1824


    Hannah Foresman


    Elizabeth Foresman


    Mary Foresman


    Fisher Foresman


Parents and Siblings

    Samuel Foresman





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World Events (8)

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 1

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.
1812 · Harrisburg Becomes the State Capital

Age 13

Harrisburg had important parts with migration, the Civil War, and the Industrial Revolution. 
1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 26

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.

Name Meaning

Possibly an altered spelling of German Forsman .

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

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Sources (3)

  • William Foresman, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Wm Forceman in household of John Baird, "United States Census, 1870"
  • William Forsman in household of John Baird, "United States Census, 1880"

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