Jonathan A Upchurch

1 October 1811–before 1890 (Age 78)
Chatham, North Carolina, United States

The Life 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 died before 1890, at the age of 77.

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Jonathan A Upchurch
Nancy Brown
Marriage: 26 May 1834
Charlie Upchurch
Lafayette Marcus Upchurch
Frank Upchurch

Spouse and Children

26 May 1834
Gallatin, Illinois, United States


    Charlie Upchurch


    Lafayette Marcus Upchurch


    Frank Upchurch


Parents and Siblings



+5 More Children

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 Upchurch, a place in Kent, named from Old English upp ‘up’ + cirice ‘church’, i.e. ‘church standing high up’.

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

Sources (1)

  • Jonathan Upchurch, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934"

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