Bithiah Fordham

2 June 1831–18 February 1920 (Age 88)
Oakland, Oakland, Michigan, United States

The Life Summary of Bithiah

When Bithiah Fordham was born on 2 June 1831, in Oakland, Oakland, Michigan, United States, her father, Elijah Fordham, was 33 and her mother, Bithiah Fisher, was 26. She married Lyman Briggs Wells on 3 April 1849, in Bentonsport, Van Buren, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 3 daughters. She died on 18 February 1920, in Willard, Box Elder, Utah, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in Willard, Box Elder, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Lyman Briggs Wells
Bithiah Fordham
Marriage: 3 April 1849
Lyman Mortimer Wells
George Jason Wells
Carson Fordham Wells Sr.
Bithiah Minerva Wells
Jonathan Edgar Wells
Ida Malvina Wells
Oris Alcinus Wells
Margaret Lillian Wells
Newton Sawyer Wells

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    3 April 1849Bentonsport, Van Buren, Iowa, United States
  • Children


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    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.
    1836 · Remember the Alamo
    Age 5
    Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.
    Age 32
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    Name Meaning

    (1997: 1598;2007: 3492; 2010: 4838)English: habitational name from any of the places in Cambridgeshire, Essex, and Norfolk named Fordham, from Old English ford ‘ford’ + hām ‘homestead’.

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

    Story Highlight

    The founding of Willard, Utah a brief history of Jonathan Sawyer and Margaret Gardner Wells, Lyman Briggs and Bithiah Fordham Wells

    Jonathan Sawyer Wells was born in Cannon, Grafton Co., New Hampshire Jan. 3, 1805. He was the son of Juda and Ethelinda Otis Wells. He had a twin brother named David. He married Margaret Gardner June …

    Sources (37)

    • Bithiah Wells in household of Newton S. Wells, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960"
    • Bertha Fordham in entry for Newton Sawyer Wells and Martha K. H. Vander Kooi, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1940"
    • Bethiah Fordham in entry for Carson Fordham Wells, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"

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