Silas T Church

Brief Life History of Silas T

When Silas T Church was born on 4 May 1845, in Center Township, Lake, Indiana, United States, his father, John Church, was 26 and his mother, Lydia Ann Cogswell, was 20. He married Anna Judith Peterson on 18 November 1866, in Jackson, Jackson, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Cedar Springs, Kent, Michigan, United States in 1894 and Solon Township, Kent, Michigan, United States for about 30 years. He registered for military service in 1865. He died on 17 September 1935, in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States, at the age of 90, and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs, Kent, Michigan, United States.

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Silas T Church
Anna Judith Peterson
Marriage: 18 November 1866
Eva Eldora Church
Ruth Church
Myrtle V. Church
Imogene Ida Church
Luther Daniel Church
Lydia B Church
Carrie J Church
Walter Silas Church
William Morton Church

Sources (61)

  • Silas Church, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Silas T. Church, "Michigan, County Marriages, 1820-1940"
  • Silas T Church, "Michigan, Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), Cemetery Index, 1799-1999"

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1847 · Moving the State Capital

The capital of Michigan was moved from Detroit to Lansing on March 17, 1847. The capital was moved to be further away from Canada, to encourage settlement and boost economy toward the inner regions of the state, and to make to capital more accessible to everyone statewide.

1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.

Name Meaning

English: topographic name mostly found in southern and midland England, for someone who lived near a church, or possibly an occupational name for someone who worked at a church, such as a verger or sexton, from Middle English chirche ‘church’. The word comes from Old English cyrice, ultimately from medieval Greek kyrikon, for earlier kyriakōn (dōma) ‘(house) of the Lord’, from kyrios ‘lord’. Compare Kirk .

Americanized form (translation into English) of German Kirch .

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

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