Zilpah (Wadsworth) Longfellow
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Zilpah (Wadsworth) Longfellow (1778 - 1851)

Zilpah Longfellow formerly Wadsworth
Born in Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
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Wife of — married 1 Jan 1804 in Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United Statesmap
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Died at age 73 in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine, United Statesmap
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Zilpah Wadsworth was born in 1778 in Duxbury, Massachusetts, the second child and first daughter of Peleg and Elizabeth Wadsworth.[1] She grew up in the house on Congress St., surrounded by her nine brothers and sisters. Zilpah was especially close to her sister Eliza, who was just one year younger. Zilpah found pleasure and relaxation in writing, and her letters and journals provide a charming glimpse of her girlhood. She and Eliza were "sweet girls" with "an unaffected softness of manners" and enjoyed a busy social life. Zilpah was "tall, attractive, with dark hair, lively blue eyes" and a "blooming" complexion. The prevailing interest of Portland's young women was Portland's young men, who were "as plenty as apples in autumn." None of them aroused Zilpah and Eliza Wadsworth's interest, however, until the 1799 arrival of tall, attractive, twenty-three-year-old Stephen Longfellow IV, a Harvard graduate seeking a career in law. Zilpah Wadsworth married Stephen Longfellow on 1 January 1804 in Portland, Maine, United States.[2]

Indeed, within a year the early happiness of the young couple was marred by another family tragedy: the death of Zilpah's brother Henry, who was nicknamed Harry. Harry had set out to prove himself in the new United States Navy. He joined the squadron in the Mediterranean Sea to subdue the Barbary pirates, who had been preying on American shipping. It was one of the earliest demonstrations of American might on the international stage, and the battle of Tripoli became famous. Harry was second in command of a vessel loaded with explosives whose mission was to sneak into the harbor and destroy the enemy's gunboats. His ship, however, exploded prematurely. Harry's death affected the entire family deeply, and Zilpah would soon memorialize him in the naming of her second son Henry Wadsworth.

In the 1850 census Zilpah W Longfellow (age 70) was in Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States.[3]

Name Sex Age Occupation Birth Place
Zilpah W Longfellow F 70 Massachusetts
Stephen Longfellow M 44 Maine
Ann L Pierce F 40 Maine
Alexander W Longfellow M 36 Maine
Henry W Longfellow M 10 Maine
Lucia Wadsworth F 66 Massachusetts
Sarah Hasty F 36 Maine
Ann Cummings F 15 Ireland

Zilpha Longfellow, daughter of Peleg Wadsworth, died (age 73) on 12 March 1851 in Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States.[4] Zilpah Longfellow was mentioned on a memorial in Western Cemetery, Portland, Cumberland County, Maine, United States with a death date of 12 March 1851.[5]


  1. Baptism: "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
    citing Digital film/folder number: 007716323; FHL microfilm: 481072
    FamilySearch Record: FZ3N-DZQ (accessed 5 April 2024)
    Zilphah Wadsworth baptism on 26 Apr 1778, daughter of Peleg Wadsworth, in Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States.
  2. Marriage: "Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921"
    citing Digital film/folder number: 007015898; FHL microfilm: 001002643; Image number: 4473
    FamilySearch Record: 2HVJ-8VQ (accessed 5 April 2024)
    FamilySearch Image: 3QS7-L979-597C-L
    Zilpah Wadsworth marriage to Stephen Longfellow on 1 Jan 1804 in Portland, Maine, United States.
  3. 1850 Census: "United States Census, 1850"
    citing Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Affiliate Publication Number: M432; Line: 30; Digital film/folder number: 004193970; FHL microfilm: 9722; Image number: 344; Packet letter: A; Indexing batch: N01171-8
    FamilySearch Record: M6JG-96N (accessed 5 April 2024)
    FamilySearch Image: S3HT-DZZ9-5HL
    Zilpah W Longfellow (70) in Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States. Born in Massachusetts.
  4. Death: "Maine Deaths and Burials, 1841-1910"
    citing Digital film/folder number: 007595803; FHL microfilm: 12017; Record number: 1140; Packet letter: I
    FamilySearch Record: F4DM-ZWL (accessed 5 April 2024)
    Tilpha Longfellow death 12 Mar 1851 (age 73), daughter of Peleg Wadsworth, wife of Stephen Longfellow, in Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States.
  5. Memorial: Find a Grave (has image)
    Find A Grave: Memorial #17633374 (accessed 5 April 2024)
    Memorial page for Zilpah Wadsworth Longfellow (6 Jan 1778-12 Mar 1851), citing Western Cemetery, Portland, Cumberland County, Maine, USA (plot: A:12 Longfellow Tomb); Maintained by CMWJR (contributor 50059520).


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I found the wedding date for Zilpah and Stephen. But I don't have editing abilities. Here's the link: https://www.hwlongfellow.org/family_stephen.shtml Here's the statement: " On the evening of January 1, 1804, Stephen and Zilpah were married in the parlor where Eliza had died." That was Portland ME.
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