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.
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.