Elizabeth Betty Edson

1764–1850 (Age 86)
Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Elizabeth Betty

When Elizabeth Betty Edson was born on 6 February 1764, in Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Jacob Edson Sr, was 41 and her mother, Elizabeth Betty Packard, was 24. She married James P Harkness on 15 September 1784, in Pelham, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 5 daughters. She died on 11 December 1850, in Trivoli, Peoria, Illinois, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Trivoli, Peoria, Illinois, United States.

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Elizabeth Betty Edson
James P Harkness
Marriage: 15 September 1784
Roxana Harkness
Daughter Harkness
Abner "John" Harkness
Anna May Harkness
James Pelham Harkness
David Harkness
Elizabeth Harkness
Edson Jacob Harkness
Daniel S Harkness
Isaac Harkness
Chloe S Harkness

Spouse & Children

15 September 1784
Pelham, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 12

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

Age 12

"""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."""""""
1787 · The Making of the U.S. Constitution.

Age 23

The Philadelphia Convention was intended to be the first meeting to establish the first system of government under the Articles of Confederation. From this Convention, the Constitution of the United States was made and then put into place making it one of the major events in all American History.

Name Meaning

English: patronymic or metronymic from Eade .

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Betsy Edson, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Betey Edson, "Massachusetts Town Records, ca. 1638-1961"
  • Elizabeth Edson Harkness, "Find A Grave Index"

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