Margaret L. Wickersham

about 1869–11 October 1960 (Age 91)
Effingham, Illinois, United States

The Life of Margaret L.

Margaret L. Wickersham was born about 1869, in Effingham, Illinois, United States as the daughter of Daniel Wickersham and M. Matian. She married Ezekiel Henry Ensign on 12 June 1895, in Effingham, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She died on 11 October 1960, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, at the age of 91.

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Ezekiel Henry Ensign
Margaret L. Wickersham
Marriage: 12 June 1895
Eva May Ensign
Cecil Ezekiel Ensign

Spouse and Children

12 June 1895
Effingham, Illinois, United States


    Eva May Ensign


    Cecil Ezekiel Ensign


Parents and Siblings

    Daniel Wickersham


    M. Matian




World Events (8)

1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Age 1

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.
1872 · Montgomery Ward Inc.

Age 3

Montgomery Ward was founded by Aaron Montgomery Ward after he observed that rural customers often wanted goods from the city but couldn’t get them because of distance and cost. Ward believed that he could cut costs and make a wide variety of goods available to rural customers. Ward and two partners used $1,600 to issue the first catalog in August 1872 and with its publication, rural retailers considered Ward a threat and publicly burned his catalog. Despite the opposition, however, the business grew at a fast pace over the next several decades and was almost as successful as Sears. In April 1944, U.S. Army troops seized the Chicago offices of Montgomery Ward & Company after President Roosevelt ordered it because of an unsettled strike request made by the workers. Eight months later, with Montgomery Ward continuing to refuse to recognize the unions, President Roosevelt issued an executive order seizing all of Montgomery Ward's property nationwide. 
1893 · The World's Columbian Exposition

Age 24

The  Chicago World's Fair was held to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the New World. The centerpiece of the Fair was a large water pool that represented Columbus's voyage across the Atlantic to the Americas. The Fair had a profound effect on new architecture designs, sanitation advancement, and the arts. The Fairgrounds were given the nickname the White City due to its lavish paint and materials used to construct it. Over 27 million people attended the fair during its six-month of operation. Among many of the inventions exhibited there was the first Ferris wheel built to rival the Eiffel Tower in France. 

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a lost or unidentified place.

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Maggie L Ensigne in household of Ezekiel H Ensigne, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Maggie Ensign in household of Ezkiel Ensign, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Margaret Ensign in household of Ezekil H Ensign, "United States Census, 1910"

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