William Martin Sorrell

Brief Life History of William Martin

When William Martin Sorrell was born on 26 September 1831, in Bath, Kentucky, United States, his father, John P. Sorrell Sr., was 24 and his mother, Martha Stearman, was 25. He married Amanda M Staton on 16 April 1850, in Bath, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in Magisterial District 8 Butler, Pendleton, Kentucky, United States in 1880 and Butler, Pendleton, Kentucky, United States for about 10 years. He died on 10 December 1913, in Covington, Kenton, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Butler Cemetery, Butler, Pendleton, Kentucky, United States.

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William Martin Sorrell
Katherine Robinson
Marriage: 17 April 1856
Florence Virginia 'Jennie' SORRELL
Amanda C Sorrell Newkirk
Charles William Sorrell
Robert B Sorrell
Ellen "Ella" Sorrell
Henry Sorrell

Sources (28)

  • William Sowell, "United States Census, 1860"
  • William Sorrell, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"
  • Wm. Somell, "Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1967"

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1832 · The Black Hawk War

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.


Lunenberg C Abernathy BIRTH 1800 Fayette County, Kentucky, USA DEATH 9 Nov 1849 (aged 48–49) Kentucky, USA BURIAL Butler Cemetery Butler, Pendleton County, Kentucky, USA MEMORIAL ID 44102795 · View Source


Kentucky sided with the Union during the Civil War, even though it is a southern state.

Name Meaning

English (Middlesex and Essex): nickname for someone with reddish-brown hair, from Middle English and Old French sorel ‘reddish-brown, chestnut-colored’ (see Sorel ).

Altered form of French Canadian Sorel 2 and, in some cases, possibly also of French Sorel 1, a cognate of 1 above.

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

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