Elizabeth Lapham

1788–1868 (Age 79)
Adams, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Elizabeth

When Elizabeth Lapham was born on 1 November 1788, in Adams, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States, her father, David Lapham, was 34 and her mother, Judith Smith, was 31. She married John Peter Collbeck Briggs on 1 January 1810, in Hancock, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 4 daughters. She lived in Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States in 1868. She died in 1868, at the age of 80.

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Elizabeth Lapham
John Peter Collbeck Briggs
Marriage: 1 January 1810
Helen Briggs
Joseph Briggs
Helen Briggs
Sarah Briggs
Lily Briggs

Spouse & Children

  • Female1788–1868Female

  • John Peter Collbeck Briggs


1 January 1810
Hancock, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States


  • Female1810–Female

  • Joseph Briggs


  • Female1834–Female

  • Female1881–Female

  • Helen Briggs


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World Events (8)


Age 1

George Washington elected first president of United States.
1789 · The United States Constitution

Age 1

Originally comprising seven articles, the United States Constitution is the backbone of the law in the Nation. The first three articles talk about the separation of powers, dividing the government into three branches: the legislative, the executive, and the judicial. Articles Four, Five and Six describe the what each state governments have rights to do, how the states and the federal government should act in their relationship, and how the constitutional amendments are shared between all states. The Seventh Article explains and establishes the procedure used by the thirteen States to ratify it. It is regarded as the oldest written and codified national constitution in force. Since the Constitution came into force in 1789, it has been amended 27 times, including an amendment to repeal a previous one.

Age 24

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

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)

  • Eliza Briggs, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915"
  • Eliza Briggs, "Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910"
  • Elizabeth in entry for Lily Briggs, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

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