Josiah Shumway

17 May 1758–24 September 1842 (Age 84)
Oxford, Worcester, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America

The Life of Josiah

When Josiah Shumway was born on 17 May 1758, in Oxford, Worcester, Massachusetts Bay Colony, British Colonial America, his father, John Shumway, was 41 and his mother, Mary Dana, was 37. He married Freake Kitchen Wolcott on 7 March 1790, in Oxford, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. He died on 24 September 1842, in Oxford, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 84.

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Josiah Shumway
Freake Kitchen Wolcott
Marriage: 7 March 1790
Edward Hutchinson Shumway
Samuel Shumway
Isabel Shumway
Joshua Shumway
Franklin Shumway
Mehitabel Shumway
Naomi Shumway

Spouse and Children

7 March 1790
Oxford, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States


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    John Shumway





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World Events (8)


Age 18

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 18

"At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""
1781 · The First Constitution

Age 23

Serving the newly created United States of America as the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation were an agreement among the 13 original states preserving the independence and sovereignty of the states. But with a limited central government, the Constitutional Convention came together to replace the Articles of Confederation with a more established Constitution and central government on where the states can be represented and voice their concerns and comments to build up the nation.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: unexplained; possibly of French origin.

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

Sources (3)

  • Josiah in entry for Edward Shumway, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915"
  • Josiah Shumway, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915"
  • Josiah in entry for Naomi Shumway Evans, "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915"

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