Emma Vachon

16 November 1848–21 November 1905 (Age 57)
Farmington, Franklin, Maine, United States

The Life of Emma

Emma Vachon was born on 16 November 1848. She married Pierre 'Peter' Rodrigue on 7 April 1869, in Waterville, Kennebec, Maine, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She died on 21 November 1905, in Farmington, Franklin, Maine, United States, at the age of 57.

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Pierre 'Peter' Rodrigue
Emma Vachon
Marriage: 7 April 1869
Rosaline L Roderick

Spouse and Children

    Pierre 'Peter' Rodrigue



7 April 1869
Waterville, Kennebec, Maine, United States


    Rosaline L Roderick


World Events (8)

1851 · First State to Attempt Prohibition

Age 3

"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 This marked a sharp decline in Dow's political career, and the Maine Law was repealed by 1856.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."

Age 15

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Age 17

Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

Name Meaning

French: from a diminutive of vache (from Latin vacca ‘cow’), an occupational name for a cowherd. In New England, this name is sometimes Americanized as Cowan .

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

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