Catharine J. Dennis

5 May 1831–12 January 1913 (Age 81)
Muskingum, Ohio, United States

The Life of Catharine J.

When Catharine J. Dennis was born on 5 May 1831, in Muskingum, Ohio, United States, her father, Joseph Dennis, was 24 and her mother, Catharine Dawson, was 25. She married William B Chidester on 16 September 1854, in Guernsey, Ohio, United States. She lived in Newton, Jasper, Iowa, United States for about 5 years and Walnut Township, Polk, Iowa, United States in 1900. She died on 12 January 1913, in Polk, Iowa, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Newton, Jasper, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Daniel Nestlerode Rorabaugh
Catharine J. Dennis
Marriage: 2 December 1866
Orville C R Ellis
Ella Rorabaugh
Minnie Pearl Rorabaugh

Spouse and Children

    Daniel Nestlerode Rorabaugh



2 December 1866
Newton, Jasper, Iowa, United States


    Orville C R Ellis


    Ella Rorabaugh


    Minnie Pearl Rorabaugh


Parents and Siblings

    Joseph Dennis





    Hezekiah Dennis



    Catharine Chedister


    Margaret A. Dennis



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World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 1

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1836 · Kirtland Temple Dedicated

Age 5

On March 27, 1836, the Kirtland Temple was dedicated.
1860 · Ohio supports the Union side of the Civil War

Age 29

Although divided as a state on the subject of slavery, Ohio participated in the Civil War on the Union's side, providing over 300,000 troops. Ohio provided the 3rd largest number of troops by any Union state.

Name Meaning

1 English: from the medieval personal name Den(n)is (Latin Dionysius, Greek Dionysios ‘(follower) of Dionysos’, an eastern god introduced to the classical pantheon at a relatively late date and bearing a name of probably Semitic origin). The name was borne by various early saints, including St Denis, the martyred 3rd-century bishop of Paris who became the patron of France; the popularity of the name in England from the 12th century onwards seems to have been largely due to French influence. The feminine form Dionysia (in the vernacular likewise Den(n)is) is also found, and some examples of the surname may represent a metronymic form.2 English: variant of Dench.3 Irish (mainly Dublin and Cork): of the same origin as 1 and 2, sometimes an alternative form to Donohue but more often to MacDonough , since the personal name Donnchadh was Anglicized as Donough or Denis.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Catharine Dennis in household of Catharine Dennis, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Catharine Rorabaugh in household of Daniel Rorabaugh, "Iowa State Census, 1885"
  • Katharine Rorabaugh in household of Daniel Rorabaugh, "United States Census, 1900"

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