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Susannah Mayhew Roberts (1723 - 1807)

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Susannah (Mayhew) Roberts
1723 - 1807
Born
December 30, 1723
Providence, Providence, RI
Death
April 3, 1807
Manchester, Bennington, VT
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Susannah Mayhew Roberts was born on December 30, 1723 at Providence, Providence, RI. Her maiden name is Mayhew and she married into the Roberts family. She died on April 3, 1807 at Manchester, Bennington, VT at 83 years old.
Updated: August 23, 2011
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Susannah Mayhew Roberts died on April 3, 1807 at Manchester, Bennington, VT at 83 years old. She was born on December 30, 1723 at Providence, Providence, RI. There is no information about Susannah's immediate family.
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1723 - 1807 World Events

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In 1800, when she was 77 years old, the federal government moved from Philadelphia to Washington D.C. The site of the new capital had been chosen by President George Washington several years earlier and he appointed Pierre (Peter) Charles L'Enfant to lay out a plan for the new city.

In 1801, by the time she was 78 years old, on January 1st, after a brief period of independence, Ireland was merged with Great Britain, creating The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

In 1804, at the age of 81 years old, Susannah was alive when on May 14th, Lewis and Clark started out from St. Louis, Missouri on an expedition to explore the West and to find a route to the Pacific Ocean. President Thomas Jefferson commissioned the trip shortly after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. He wanted the new territory mapped and wanted to establish an American presence in the West before Great Britain or other European powers could claim it.

In 1807, in the year of Susannah Mayhew Roberts's passing, on March 2nd, the U.S. Congress passed an act to "prohibit the importation of slaves into any port or place within the jurisdiction of the United States . . . from any foreign kingdom, place, or country" This Federal law, proposed by Thomas Jefferson in 1806, took effect on January 1,1808. However, historians estimate that over 50,000 slaves were brought to the U.S. after the Act since the U.S. did not include Spanish Florida and Texas - and therefore places where slaves could be brought in.

In 1809, by the time she was 86 years old, on December 30th, Boston Massachusetts banned the wearing of masks at balls. Boston was following many other places - including England - by banning masked balls, which were considered to contribute to loose morals. After all, with masks, you couldn't tell the class of the person or even their gender! The law was extended in 1849 and repealed in 1963.

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