Mercy "Mary" Chase

Brief Life History of Mercy "Mary"

When Mercy "Mary" Chase was born on 1 May 1751, in Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island, United States, her father, Abraham Chase, was 30 and her mother, Mary Gorton, was 30. She married John Weston Weeden on 7 January 1776, in Jamestown, Newport, Rhode Island, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 2 daughters. She died on 26 January 1843, at the age of 91, and was buried in Friends Cemetery, Tiverton, Newport, Rhode Island, United States.

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John Weston Weeden
Mercy "Mary" Chase
Marriage: 7 January 1776
George Weeden
Weeden Judge
John Weeden
Sarah Weeden
Wager Weeden
Pelig Weeden
Lucy Ann Weeden
William Augustus Weeden

Sources (22)

  • Mercy Chase, "Rhode Island Town Births Index, 1639-1932"
  • Mercy Chace, "Rhode Island Town Marriages Index, 1639-1916"
  • findagrave

World Events (6)


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

1776 · Rhode Island Declares Independence

Rhode Island declares independence from Great Britain on May 4, 1776, making it the first colony to do so officially.

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

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.

Name Meaning

English (southern): metonymic occupational name for a huntsman, or perhaps a nickname for an exceptionally skilled huntsman, from Middle English chase ‘hunt’ (Old French chasse, from chasser ‘to hunt’, Latin captare).

History: Thomas Chase came to MA from Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England, in the 1640s, and had many prominent descendants. Samuel Chase, born in Somerset County, MD, in 1741, was one of the first members of the US Supreme Court; Philander Chase, born in Cornish, NH, in 1741 was a prominent Episcopal clergyman, and his nephew Salmon Portland Chase (1808–73), also born in Cornish, was governor of OH, a US senator, and secretary of the US Treasury during the Civil War.

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

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