Jonathan A Upchurch

Male1 October 1811–before 1890

Brief Life History of Jonathan A

When Jonathan A Upchurch was born on 1 October 1811, in Chatham, North Carolina, United States, his father, Samuel Upchurch, was 39 and his mother, Mary Ellen Simmons, was 38. He married Nancy Brown on 26 May 1834, in Gallatin, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. He lived in Dunn Township, Franklin, North Carolina, United States in 1860. He died before 1890.

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Jonathan A Upchurch
1811–before 1890
Nancy Brown
Marriage: 26 May 1834
Charlie Upchurch
about 1834–
Lafayette Marcus Upchurch
Frank Upchurch

Sources (6)

  • John Upchurch in household of Roena Johnson, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Jonathan Upchurch, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"
  • Jonathan Upchurch in entry for Frank Upchurch and Mary S Brown, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    26 May 1834Gallatin, Illinois, United States
  • Children (3)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (11)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 1

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

    1830 · Trail of Tears

    Age 19

    In the 1830's, President Jackson called for all the Native Americans to be forced off their own land. As the Cherokee were forced out of North Carolina many of them hid in the mountains of North Carolina.

    1832 · The Black Hawk War

    Age 21

    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.

    Name Meaning

    English: habitational name from a place called as ‘the high church’ or possibly the higher of two churches, from Middle English up ‘up, high, higher’ + chirche ‘church’ (Old English upp + cirice). There is a village of this name in Kent, near Chatham, but the geographical distribution of the surname suggests its origin is in Huntingdonshire or Cambridgeshire.

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

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