John Columbus Calvin

6 November 1794–27 January 1856 (Age 61)
Nelson, Kentucky, United States

The Life Summary 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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Family Time Line

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

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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

1 Southern French: nickname for a bald man, from a diminutive of Old Occitan calv ‘bald’ (from Latin calvus).2 Spanish (Calvín): from a regional variant of a diminutive of calvo ‘bald’.

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

Sources (11)

  • John Calvin, "United States Census, 1850"
  • John Calvin, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"
  • John Calvin, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"

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