Dorcas Gross

Brief Life History of Dorcas

When Dorcas Gross was born on 5 August 1762, in Truro, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Jonah Freeman Gross, was 33 and her mother, Dorcas Dyer, was 33. She married Abner Eddy on 16 October 1791, in Ware, Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Enfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States in 1850. She died on 13 September 1806, at the age of 44.

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Family Time Line

Abner Eddy
1747–1824
Dorcas Gross
1762–1806
Marriage: 16 October 1791
Emily Eddy
1786–1820
Teresa Eddy
1791–
Richard Eddy
1789–
Daniel Eddy
1792–
Newberry Eddy
1794–1850
John Eddy
1796–
Hannah Eddy
1797–1885
Elbridge Eddy
1801–1878
Anna Bardwell Eddy
1804–
Dexter Eddy
1806–1875

Sources (25)

  • Darcus Eddy in household of Jesse Tinkham, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Dorcas Gross, "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
  • Dorcas Eddy in entry for Dexter Eddy, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"

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1776

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

1776 · The Declaration to the King

"""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."""""""

1786 · Shays' Rebellion

Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.

Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a big man, from Middle High German grōz ‘large, corpulent’, German gross. This surname is also established in some other parts of Europe, most notably in France (Alsace and Lorraine). In Poland, Czechia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Croatia it is also found (in Slovenia almost exclusively) in the Slavicized form Gros (see also 3 below). The Jewish name has been Hebraicized as Gadol .

English: descriptive nickname for a big man, from Middle English gros, grosse, groce ’large; heavy’, also meaning ‘simple, plain’, from Old French gros ‘big, fat’ (from Latin grossus ‘thick’), a word of ancient Germanic origin, thus etymologically the same word as in 1 above.

Germanized or Americanized form of Slovenian, Polish, Croatian or other Slavic Gros , itself of German origin (see 1 above).

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

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