Sarah Murch

4 December 1762–10 December 1847 (Age 85)
Gorham, Cumberland, Maine, United States

The Life of Sarah

When Sarah Murch was born on 4 December 1762, in Gorham, Cumberland, Maine, United States, her father, Walter Murch, was 27 and her mother, Jerusha Brown, was 24. She married William Irish in 1781. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She registered for military service in 1836. She died on 10 December 1847, in Springfield, Penobscot, Maine, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Mills Cemetery, Springfield, Penobscot, Maine, United States.

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William Irish
Sarah Murch
Marriage: 1781
Hannah Phoebe Irish
John Irish

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Age 14

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 14

"At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""
1786 · Shays' Rebellion

Age 24

Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.

Name Meaning

1 English (Devon): nickname for a dwarf, Middle English murch(e).2 French (Lorraine): nickname for a lethargic, feeble man, from a Middle High German loanword, mursch, murz.

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

Sources (3)

  • Sarah Irish, "United States Revolutionary War Pension Payment Ledgers, 1818-1872"
  • Sarah in entry for John Irish, "Maine, Church Records, 1734-1907"
  • Sarah in entry for Phebe Irish, "Maine, Church Records, 1734-1907"

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