Nelson Prescott

20 March 1829–6 June 1908 (Age 79)
Waldo, Maine, United States

The Life of Nelson

When Nelson Prescott was born on 20 March 1829, in Waldo, Maine, United States, his father, John Prescott, was 35 and his mother, Martha Tolman, was 37. He married Mary G. Siddinger in January 1856, in Vienna, Kennebec, Maine, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He died on 6 June 1908, in Hampden, Penobscot, Maine, United States, at the age of 79.

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Family Time Line

Nelson Prescott
1829–1908
Mary G. Siddinger
1837–
Marriage: January 1856
Isadora Prescott
1858–
Russell F. Prescott
1863–
Henry H. Prescott
1878–1949
Mary A. Prescott
1879–

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
January 1856
Vienna, Kennebec, Maine, United States
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World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 1

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1832 · Calais Branch is Chartered

Age 3

The State of Maine chartered the Calais Railway in 1832, one of the first railway charters to be granted by the state. Construction was very long, as the project was reorganized, abandoned, transferred to other companies, and extended several times. It was finally completed in 1898.
1851 · First State to Attempt Prohibition

Age 22

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 This marked a sharp decline in Dow's political career, and the Maine Law was repealed by 1856.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

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the places so called, in southwestern Lancashire (now Merseyside), Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Shropshire, and Devon, all of which are named from Old English prēost ‘priest’ + cot ‘cottage’, ‘dwelling’. The surname is most common in Lancashire, and so it seems likely that the first of these places is the most frequent source. It is also present in Ireland, being recorded there first in the 15th century.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Nelson Prescott, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Nelson Prescott, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Nelson Prescot, "United States Census, 1880"

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