William Bickmore

1829–5 January 1898 (Age 69)
Charleston, Penobscot, Maine, United States

The Life of William

When William Bickmore was born in 1829, in Charleston, Penobscot, Maine, United States, his father, David Bickmore, was 33 and his mother, Lucy Jane Page, was 31. He married Mary Page about 1853. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He registered for military service in 1861. He died on 5 January 1898, at the age of 69.

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Family Time Line

William Bickmore
1829–1898
Mary Page
1833–
Marriage: about 1853
Sedate Bickmore
1854–1902

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
about 1853
children

(1)

Parents and Siblings

siblings

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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 This marked a sharp decline in Dow's political career, and the Maine Law was repealed by 1856.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: unexplained; possibly a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place.

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

Sources (3)

  • William Bickmore, "Maine, State Archive Collections, 1718-1957"
  • Wm Bickmore in entry for Sedate Bickmore, "Maine, Vital Records, 1670-1907 "
  • William Bickmore in the U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861

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