Ancestors of Sara Rice of Michigan:Information about Timothy Palmer
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Timothy Palmer (b. 22 Aug 1751, d. 19 Dec 1821)Timothy Palmer (son of John Palmer and Mary Cressy)666 was born 22 Aug 1751 in Rowley, Essex Co., MA, and died 19 Dec 1821 in Newburyport, Essex County, Massachusetts.He married (1) Hannah Downer.He married (2) Anna Wyatt.
Notes for Timothy Palmer:
Book of the Generations of Stephen Palmer
"He"was a man of very distinguished merit as a civil engineer;"and was quite celebrated as a bridge-builder, receiving 1796"a patent `for improvement in the construction of timber"bridges.' The principal bridges on the Kennebec, Piscataqua,"Connecticut, and Merrimack rivers were built upon"his models; he was much employed in similar business at"the South; and in particular he built a bridge across the "Schuylkill at Philadelphia." Of the Essex-Merrimack bridgeat Newburyport, which was opened to the public 26 Nov.1792, the Hon. Caleb Cushing says: "It is most deserving"of notice, consisting in fact of two bridges resting on DeerIsland in the midst of the river. The bridge on the Newbury side is hung upon chains: and the banks of the river"and of the island at this point being high and precipitous,"the plan of the bridge is a very happy effort to overcome "the natural difficulties of the location." In Mr. Adams' description of the bridge across the Piscataqua the method of construction is detailed: "On each side a strong stone abutment "is built; and from one of these abutments to the "other an arch is thrown, which is composed of three tiers"of girders. The second tier supports the planking on "which the road passes, which is on a larger circle to facilitate"the traveling. The upper tier answers the purpose of"railing. There are three sets of these girders, one on each "side and one in the middle of the bridge, which are so "braced and framed together as to make the whole strong"and firm." A silver tankard and salver, presented to him in 1805 by the City of Philadelphia on the completion of the bridge over the Schuylkill, are in the possession of his grandnephew,Gen. Wm. S. Tilton.