John Columbus Calvin

Male6 November 1794–27 January 1856

Brief Life History of John Columbus

When John Columbus Calvin was born on 6 November 1794, in Nelson, Kentucky, United States, his father, Luther Decker Calvin, was 23 and his mother, Susannah Samuels, was 21. He married Gilley Dorsey on 20 March 1820, in Hardin, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He lived in Hardin, Kentucky, United States in 1850. He died on 27 January 1856, in Knob Noster, Johnson, Missouri, United States, at the age of 61, and was buried in Warrensburg, Johnson, Missouri, United States.

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John Columbus Calvin
Elizabeth Van Meter
Marriage: 14 January 1826
James Calvin
Samuel Calvin
Jacob VanMeter Calvin
Beal Calvin
Luther Calvin
Luke Calvin
Gillie Dorsey Calvin
John Christopher Calvin
Susan Rachel Calvin
Robert H. Calvin
Elisabeth Calvin

Sources (11)

  • John Calvin, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Legacy NFS Source: John Calvin - Individual or family possessions: birth: about 1794; Nelson, Kentucky, United States
  • John Calvin, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    14 January 1826Hardin, Kentucky, United States
  • Children (11)

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    World Events (8)

    1796 · Wilderness Road Opens to Wagons

    Age 2

    In 1796, the Wilderness Road opened up for wagon use. The route was used by colonial and early settlers to reach Kentucky from the East. It started in Virginia, and went southward to Tennessee and then went north to Kentucky. The main danger of this route was Native American attacks.

    1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

    Age 6

    While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.


    Age 18

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

    Name Meaning

    English (Lancashire and Cumberland; of Norman origin): nickname from Anglo-Norman French cauf ‘bald’ + the diminutive suffix -in.

    In some cases also French: variant of Cauvin , a cognate of 1 above.

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

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