Harriet Burnham

7 March 1797–10 September 1881 (Age 84)
Dunbarton, Merrimack, New Hampshire, United States

The Life Summary of Harriet

When Harriet Burnham was born on 7 March 1797, in Dunbarton, Merrimack, New Hampshire, United States, her father, John Burnham Sr, was 51 and her mother, Sarah Andrews, was 41. She married Sidney Algernon Knowlton on 30 June 1816, in Merrimack, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 6 daughters. She died on 10 September 1881, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Sidney Algernon Knowlton
Harriet Burnham
Marriage: 30 June 1816
Ruhamah Burnham Knowlton
Harriet Virginia Knowlton
Martha Jane Knowlton
Julia Ann Knowlton
Ephraim Knowlton
Mary Ann Knowlton
George Washington Knowlton
John Quincy Knowlton
Benjamin Franklin Knowlton
Marcia Eliza Knowlton

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    30 June 1816Merrimack, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.
    Age 3
    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.
    1808 · Concord Becomes the Capital
    Age 11
    In 1808, Concord became the capital of New Hampshire. It was originally the Penacook Plantation given to the state by the Massachusetts Bay Colony. 
    1819 · Panic! of 1819
    Age 22
    With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

    Name Meaning

    English: habitational name from any of several places called Burnham. Those in Buckinghamshire (Burnham Beeches), Norfolk (various villages), and Essex (Burnham-on-Crouch) are named with Old English burna ‘stream’ + hām ‘homestead’. In the case of Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset, however, the second element is Old English hamm ‘water meadow’, while Burnham in Lincolnshire is named from brunnum, dative plural of Old Norse brunnr ‘spring’, originally used after a preposition, i.e. ‘(at) the springs’.History: In 1635 Robert Burnham and his two brothers came from England to Ipswich, MA, after their ship was wrecked on the coast of Maine. In the mid 18th century John Burnham and his son, also called John, were among the early settlers in what became the state of VT. In 1785, the younger John Burnham established himself at Middletown, CT.

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

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    Story Highlight

    Sidney Algernon and Harriet Burnham Knowlton

    Pioneers Gully/Spencer Company 1849 Handcart Rescue Companies 1856 Sidney Algernon Knowlton was born at Ashford, Connecticut, May 24, 1792. He was the oldest of six children born to Ephraim and Jemim …

    Sources (57)

    • Harriot Burnam, "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900"
    • Harriet Knowlton in household of S A Knowlton, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Hariet Knowlton in entry for Ruhannah Derby, "Minnesota, County Deaths, 1850-2001"

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