Elizabeth Temple

25 July 1736–5 October 1815 (Age 79)
Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Elizabeth

When Elizabeth Temple was born on 25 July 1736, in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Lt John Temple, was 31 and her mother, Rebeckah Parker, was 30. She married Joseph Bancroft on 10 January 1750, in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 7 daughters. She lived in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America in 1736. She died on 5 October 1815, in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

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Joseph Bancroft
Elizabeth Temple
Marriage: 10 January 1750
Elizabeth Bancroft
Jonathan Bancroft
Thomas Bancroft
Susanna Bancroft
Rebecca Bancroft
Joseph Bancroft
Timothy Bancroft
Nehemiah Bancroft
Hannah Bancroft
Hannah Bancroft
Jonathan Bancroft
Anna Bancroft
Anna Bancroft

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10 January 1750
Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America


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Age 40

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

Age 40

"""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."""""""
1781 · The First Constitution

Age 45

Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.

Name Meaning

1 English and French: occupational name or habitational name for someone who was employed at or lived near one of the houses (‘temples’) maintained by the Knights Templar, a crusading order so named because they claimed to occupy in Jerusalem the site of the old temple (Middle English, Old French temple, Latin templum). The order was founded in 1118 and flourished for 200 years, but was suppressed as heretical in 1312 .2 English: name given to foundlings baptized at the Temple Church, London, so called because it was originally built on land belonging to the Templars.3 Scottish: habitational name from the parish of Temple in Edinburgh, likewise named because it was the site of the local headquarters of the Knights Templar.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Elizabeth Bancroft, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Elizabeth Bancroft in entry for Joseph Bancroft, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Elisabeth Temple in entry for Nehemiah Bancroft, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915"

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