William Purviance Ireland

Brief Life History of William Purviance

When William Purviance Ireland was born on 15 December 1830, in Ohio, United States, his father, James Ireland, was 42 and his mother, Mary "Polly" Maxwell, was 34. He married Josinah Elizabeth Hickman on 23 September 1858, in LaPorte, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Kankakee Township, LaPorte, Indiana, United States in 1870 and Kankakee, Johnson Township, LaPorte, Indiana, United States in 1880. He died on 19 November 1891, in LaPorte, Indiana, United States, at the age of 60, and was buried in La Porte, LaPorte, Indiana, United States.

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William Purviance Ireland
Josinah Elizabeth Hickman
Marriage: 23 September 1858
Miner Ireland

Sources (8)

  • Wm P Ireland, "United States Census, 1870"
  • William P Ireland, "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007"
  • Wm. Ireland, "Indiana Death Index, 1882-1920"

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1832 · The Black Hawk War

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.


Historical Boundaries 1832: La Porte, Indiana, United States

1851 · Constitution of 1851

Due to the state’s financial crisis during the previous decade and growing criticism toward state government. Voters approve the Constitution of 1851 which forbade the state government from going into debt.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: ethnic name denoting someone from Ireland, from Middle English Irland, Irlond, Erlond (Old English Īraland). The country gets its name from the genitive case of Old English Īras ‘Irishmen’ + land ‘land’. The stem Īr- is taken from the Celtic name for Ireland, Èriu, earlier Everiu. The Latin name was (H)ibernia. The surname is especially common in Liverpool, England, which has a large Irish population. Compare Irish .

Americanized form of Erland .

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

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