Rebecca Kirkham

Brief Life History of Rebecca

When Rebecca Kirkham was born on 20 February 1810, in Preble, Ohio, 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, and was buried in Messerer Cemetery, Pleasant View, Schuyler, Illinois, United States.

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Peter Wampler
Rebecca Kirkham
Marriage: 23 July 1829
John K. Wampler
William G. Wampler
Rebecca A. Wampler
Elizabeth Wampler
Eveline "Eva" Wampler
Grace A. Wampler
Adaline Bell Wampler
Fidelia Everett Wampler

Sources (14)

  • Rabecca Wampler in household of Peter Wampler, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Rebecca Kirkham - Government record: Census record: birth: 20 February 1810; Kentucky, United States
  • Rebecca Kirkham Wampler, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)


War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

1812 · War of 1812

Because of the outbreak of war from Napoleonic France, Britain decided to blockade the trade between the United States and the French. The US then fought this action and said it was illegal under international law. Britain supplied Native Americans who raided settlers living on the frontier and halting expansion westward. In 1814, one of the British raids stormed into Washington D.C. burning down the capital. Neither the Americans or the British wanted to continue fighting, so negotiations of peace began. After Treaty of Ghent was signed, Unaware of the treaty, British forces invaded Louisiana but were defeated in January 1815.

1825 · The Crimes Act

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.

Name Meaning

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.

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

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