Ripley A Ireland

Brief Life History of Ripley A

When Ripley A Ireland was born in 1832, in Canton, Oxford, Maine, United States, his father, Joel Ireland, was 38 and his mother, Dorothy Francis, was 37. He married Matilda J. Towne on 7 April 1862, in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. He lived in Byron, Oxford, Maine, United States in 1850 and Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States in 1865. He died on 26 April 1893, in West Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 61, and was buried in Weld, Oxford, Massachusetts, United States.

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Ripley A Ireland
Louisa B Crouse
Marriage: about 1884
Elma Dorothy Ireland
Eugene Fullerton Carter

Sources (13)

  • Ripley A Ireland, "Massachusetts State Census, 1865"
  • Ripley A. Ireland, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915"
  • Ripley A. Ireland, "Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910"

World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

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.


Historical Boundaries: 1833: Oxford, Maine, United States

1851 · First State to Attempt Prohibition

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.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: ethnic name denoting someone from Ireland, from Middle English Irland, Irlond, Erlond (Old English Īraland). The country gets its name from the genitive case of Old English Īras ‘Irishmen’ + land ‘land’. The stem Īr- is taken from the Celtic name for Ireland, Èriu, earlier Everiu. The Latin name was (H)ibernia. The surname is especially common in Liverpool, England, which has a large Irish population. Compare Irish .

Americanized form of Erland .

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

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