Lydia Little

1797–1856 (Age 58)
Newcastle, Lincoln, Maine, United States

The Life of Lydia

When Lydia Little was born on 27 August 1797, in Newcastle, Lincoln, Maine, United States, her father, Joshua Follansbee Little, was 27 and her mother, Rebecca (Lydia) Dow, was 23. She married William Wildes on 21 October 1822, in Phippsburg, Sagadahoc, Maine, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Phippsburg, Sagadahoc, Maine, United States in 1850. She died on 21 May 1856, at the age of 58, and was buried in Phippsburg, Sagadahoc, Maine, United States.

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Lydia Little
William Wildes
Marriage: 21 October 1822
William Henry Wilds
Lydia Ann Wilds
Mark Langdon Wildes Sr
Rebecca McCobb Wildes
Harriet Mariah Wildes
Martha Emeline Sprague Wilds
Francis Augustine Wildes

Spouse & Children

21 October 1822
Phippsburg, Sagadahoc, Maine, 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.
1804 · Whitehead Light

Age 7

In 1804, President Thomas Jefferson authorized the creation of a light station on Whitehead Island. The light house went into service by 1807. It is the third-oldest light house in Maine. Whitehead Light still exists as the private property of Pine Island Camp, a non-profit organization.
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

1 English: nickname for a small man, or distinguishing epithet for the younger of two bearers of the same personal name, from Middle English littel, Old English lȳtel, originally a diminutive of lȳt ( see Light 3).2 Irish: translation of Gaelic Ó Beagáin ‘descendant of Beagán’ ( see Begin ).3 Translation of French Petit and Lepetit; also used as an English form of names such as Jean-Petit ‘little John’.

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Lydia Wildes in household of William Wildes, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Lydia Little Wildes, "Maine, Nathan Hale Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1980"
  • Lydia Little Wildes, "Maine, Nathan Hale Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1980"

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