Hannah J. Richardson

5 August 1831–7 February 1906 (Age 74)
Appleton, Knox, Maine, United States

The Life of Hannah J.

When Hannah J. Richardson was born on 5 August 1831, in Appleton, Knox, Maine, United States, her father, Abiatha Richardson, was 53 and her mother, Hannah Jackson, was 46. She married William Chisam on 17 January 1855, in Maine, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She lived in Jefferson, Lincoln, Maine, United States for about 10 years. She died on 7 February 1906, at the age of 74.

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Family Time Line

Joseph Avery
Hannah J. Richardson
Marriage: 17 May 1867
Almira Jeanette Avery

Spouse and Children

17 May 1867
Jefferson, Lincoln, Maine, United States


    Almira Jeanette Avery


Parents and Siblings

    Abiatha Richardson


    Hannah Jackson




World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 1

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1832 · Calais Branch is Chartered

Age 1

The State of Maine chartered the Calais Railway in 1832, one of the first railway charters to be granted by the state. Construction was very long, as the project was reorganized, abandoned, transferred to other companies, and extended several times. It was finally completed in 1898.
1851 · First State to Attempt Prohibition

Age 20

"In 1851, Maine outlawed the sale of alcohol, allowing exceptions only for ""medicinal, mechanical, and manufacturing purposes"". This made Maine the first state to experiment with prohibition. Neal Dow, mayor of Portland, believed that alcohol was linked to slavery and was also convinced by the Christian temperance movement. Dow ran into problems later for his anti-immigration rhetoric against the Irish, and also for breaking his own prohibition laws; although not a designated ""purchaser"", Dow personally purchased alcohol to distribute to local doctors, violating a technicality. As the citizens turned against him, Dow eventually ordered soldiers to fire on protesters. This marked a sharp decline in Dow's political career, and the Maine Law was repealed by 1856. Aspects of the law would remain in tact, however, and ultimately paved the way for the 18th Amendment, which prohibited alcohol on the national level."

Name Meaning

English: patronymic from the personal name Richard . This has undoubtedly also assimilated like-sounding cognates from other languages, such as Swedish Richardsson.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Hannah R C Avery in household of Joseph Avery, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Hannah Avery in household of Joseph Avery, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Hannah R C Avery, "Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921"

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