When Rebecca Kirkham was born on 20 February 1810, in Kentucky, United States, her father, Henry Kirkham, was 40 and her mother, Mary Gay, was 36. She married Peter Wampler on 23 July 1829, in Monroe, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 6 daughters. She lived in Frederick, Schuyler, Illinois, United States for about 10 years. She died on 20 October 1866, in Schuyler, Illinois, United States, at the age of 56.
English (mainly northwestern): habitational name from any of the places in Lancashire and East Yorkshire named Kirkham. The placenames derive from Old Norse kirkja ‘church’ + Old English hām ‘village, homestead’ or Old Norse heim ‘homestead, estate’.
Possibly an altered form of German Kirchham, a habitational name from either of two places called Kirchham, in Austria or Bavaria.
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