James Humphrey

12 April 1737–20 August 1811 (Age 74)
Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of James

When James Humphrey was born on 12 April 1737, in Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Maj. James Humphrey, was 25 and his mother, Anne Torrey, was 21. He married Betty Pratt on 21 December 1758, in Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 2 daughters. He died on 20 August 1811, in his hometown, at the age of 74, and was buried in North Weymouth Cemetery, Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.

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James Humphrey
Betty Pratt
Marriage: 21 December 1758
Hannah Humphrey
boy Humphrey
Mary Humphrey
James Humphrey III
Joseph Humphrey
Deacon William Humphrey
David Humphrey
Charles Humphrey

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21 December 1758
Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States


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World Events (4)


Age 39

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 39

"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."""
1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 63

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: from the Old French personal name Humfrey, introduced to Britain by the Normans. This is composed of the Germanic elements hūn ‘bear cub’ + frid, fred ‘peace’. It was borne by a 9th-century saint, bishop of Therouanne, who had a certain following in England among Norman settlers.

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

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Sources (3)

  • James Humphry, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • James Humphrey, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915"
  • James Humphrey in entry for Hannah Humphrey, "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"

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