Joseph Requa

Male22 August 1811–20 October 1886

Brief Life History of Joseph

When Joseph Requa was born on 22 August 1811, in Mount Pleasant, Westchester, New York, United States, his father, Glode Requa, was 43 and his mother, Judith Comb, was 40. He married Eliza Ackerman in 1835, in New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Somers, Westchester, New York, United States in 1850 and Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States for about 10 years. He died on 20 October 1886, in Yorktown, Westchester, New York, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Banks Cemetery, Pleasantville, Mount Pleasant, Westchester, New York, United States.

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Joseph Requa
Eliza Ackerman
Marriage: 1835
Rev. Schuyler T. Requa
George W Requa
Mary J Requa
Ellen Eliza Requa

Sources (8)

  • Joseph Regua, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Joseph Requa, "New York, State Death Index, 1880-1956"
  • Joseph Requa in entry for Ellen E. Frazier, "New York, New York City Municipal Deaths, 1795-1949"

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  • Marriage
    1835New York, United States
  • Children (4)

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    Siblings (7)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 1

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

    1819 · 67 Streets in Brooklyn By 1819

    Age 8

    A village map dated April 8, 1819 shows sixty seven streets. The widest streets measured 60 feet wide while the narrowest street, Doughty Street, measured 20 feet wide.

    1832 · The Black Hawk War

    Age 21

    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.

    Name Meaning

    Altered form of a French surname, probably Requier: from a derivative of the Old French verb requerir ‘to request, to require’, hence a nickname for someone who requests something. The surname Requa, probably of the same origin, is also found in Germany, where it is very rare.

    History: The American Requas trace their origin to Gabriel Requa, a French Huguenot who left France as a child prior to 1682 and went first to England and then, in 1689, to North America. His name is listed in the (US) National Huguenot Society's register of qualified Huguenot ancestors and also in the similar register of the Huguenot Society of America.

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

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