John Waldo Kirkham

Brief Life History of John Waldo

When John Waldo Kirkham was born on 24 March 1896, in Corydon, Harrison Township, Harrison, Indiana, United States, his father, Robert Sands Kirkham, was 39 and his mother, Jennie Stevens, was 27. He married Helen Elizabeth Smith in 1916, in Harrison, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in New Albany Circuit, Floyd, Indiana, United States in 1920 and Harrison Township, Harrison, Indiana, United States for about 5 years. He died in 1947, in Corydon, Harrison Township, Harrison, Indiana, United States, at the age of 51, and was buried in Corydon, Harrison Township, Harrison, Indiana, United States.

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John Waldo Kirkham
Helen Elizabeth Smith
Marriage: 1916
William John Kirkham
Joe Kirkham
Helen Jen Kirkham
Anna Ruth Kirkham
Margaret "Marg" Kirkham
Robert Stevens Kirkham
John Thomas Kirkham

Sources (30)

  • John Kirkham, "United States Census, 1920"
  • John W Kirkham, "United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942"
  • John Waldo Kirkham, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)

1898 · War with the Spanish

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

1906 · Gary, Indiana, Is Founded

The town of Gary, Indiana, was founded by the United States Steel Corporation in 1906. The Gary Works steel mill was the largest integrated mill in North America. The city of Gary was named after Elbert Henry Gary who was the founding chairman of the United States Steel Corporation and American lawyer and county judge. Gary partnered with J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, and Charles M. Schwab to found the United States Steel Corporation.

1910 · The BSA is Made

Being modeled after the Boy Scout Association in England, The Boy Scouts of America is a program for young teens to learn traits, life and social skills, and many other things to remind the public about the general act of service and kindness to others.

Name Meaning

English (mainly northwestern): habitational name from any of the places in Lancashire and East Yorkshire named Kirkham. The placenames derive from Old Norse kirkja ‘church’ + Old English hām ‘village, homestead’ or Old Norse heim ‘homestead, estate’.

Possibly an altered form of German Kirchham, a habitational name from either of two places called Kirchham, in Austria or Bavaria.

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

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