William Henry Lapham

1819–1897 (Age 77)
Hancock, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of William Henry

When William Henry Lapham was born on 15 November 1819, in Hancock, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States, his father, William Lapham, was 33 and his mother, Mary Polly Hull, was 27. He married Celestia Maria White about 1848, in Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Massachusetts, United States in 1870 and Hancock, Massachusetts, United States in 1897. He died on 28 April 1897, in Hancock, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Hancock Cemetery, Hancock, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States.

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William Henry Lapham
Celestia Maria White
Marriage: about 1848
Charles L Lapham
Loesa M. Lapham
Lillian B Lapham

Spouse & Children

about 1848
Massachusetts, United States


Parents & Siblings

  • Male1786–1859Male

  • Mary Polly Hull




World Events (7)

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."

Age 27

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

English: apparently a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place, possibly in Somerset or Wiltshire, where the surname is clustered, but perhaps a variant of Lopham, a habitational name from a place in Norfolk, so named from an Old English personal name Loppa + hām ‘homestead’.

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

Sources (3)

  • William H Lapham in household of William Lapham, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Matt Lapham, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Henry Lapham, "United States Census, 1880"

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