Melinda Stopp

25 May 1825–about 1908 (Age 82)
South Whitehall Township, Lehigh, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of Melinda

When Melinda Stopp was born on 25 May 1825, in South Whitehall Township, Lehigh, Pennsylvania, United States, her father, John Stopp, was 28 and her mother, Maria Barbara Frey, was 32. She married John Bertsch on 22 November 1846, in Lehigh, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Whitehall Township, Lehigh, Pennsylvania, United States in 1860. She died about 1908, in Lehigh, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 83.

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Family Time Line

John Bertsch
Melinda Stopp
Marriage: 22 November 1846
Ellen J. Bertsch
Joseph Jacob Bertsch
Oscar D Bertsch
Alfred Bertsch
Clinton P. Bertsch
Amanda Bertsch

Spouse and Children

    John Bertsch



22 November 1846
Lehigh, Pennsylvania, United States



    Joseph Jacob Bertsch



    Alfred Bertsch


    Clinton P. Bertsch


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings



    Salinda Sallyanna Stopp


    Mary Polly Stopp


    Elisabeth Stapp



    Levina Stapp


+2 More Children

World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 5

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1830 · The Oregon Trail

Age 5

Many people started their 2,170-mile West trek to settle the land found by Louis and Clark. They used large-wheeled wagons to pack most of their belongings and were guided by trails that were made by the previous trappers and traders who walked the area. Over time the trail needed annual improvements to make the trip faster and safer. Most of Interstate 80 and 84 cover most of the ground that was the original trail.

Age 38

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Name Meaning

1 North German and Danish: from Middle Low German stōp ‘pitcher’, ‘stone bottle’, hence a nickname for a heavy drinker or a metonymic occupational name for a wine seller or innkeeper.2 Variant of Stolp .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Malinda Bartsch in household of John Bartsch, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Malinda Stopp in entry for Alfred H Bertsch and Drucilla Wise, "Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959"
  • Melinol Stapp in entry for John Bertsch, "Pennsylvania Marriages, 1709-1940"

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