Mary Polly Barter

4 September 1819–1861 (Age 41)
Jay, Orleans, Vermont, United States

The Life of Mary Polly

When Mary Polly Barter was born on 4 September 1819, in Jay, Orleans, Vermont, United States, her father, Robert Barter, was 49 and her mother, Phoebe Heath, was 41. She married Hiram Bickford in 1839, in Jay, Orleans, Vermont, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. She died in 1861, in Newport, Orleans, Vermont, United States, at the age of 42, and was buried in Troy, Orleans, Vermont, United States.

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Hiram Bickford
Mary Polly Barter
Marriage: 1839
George Washington Bickford
Ellen S Bickford
Julia Ann Bickford
Susan Bickford
Mr Bickford
Elenor Bickford

Spouse and Children

Jay, Orleans, Vermont, United States


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World Events (5)

1820 · Making States Equal

Age 1

The Missouri Compromise helped provide the entrance of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state into the United States. As part of the compromise, slavery was prohibited north of the 36°30′ parallel, excluding Missouri.
1820 · Making Land more affordable

Age 1

"The United States law requiring full payment at the time of purchase and registration of any land. to help encourage sales and make land more affordable, Congress reduced the minimum price of dollar per acre and the minimum size that could be purchased. Most of this land for sale was located on the frontier which was then ""The West"". This Act was good for many Americans, but it was also over used by wealthy investors."
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 13

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.

Name Meaning

English: nickname from Old French barateor, barateur ‘rogue’, ‘cheat’, ‘fraud’; alternatively, in some instances it may be from Old Norse barátta ‘beating’, ‘fight’, ‘battle’, hence by extension a troublemaker or quarrelsome man.

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

Sources (3)

  • Mary Bater in entry for Theron M Clapper and Susan Clapper, "Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954"
  • Polly Bauter in entry for Unknown, "Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954"
  • Mary Brickford in entry for Morrill Clapper and Susan Brickford, "Vermont, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005"

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