Benjamin Morrell

1839–2 January 1865 (Age 26)
Ohio, United States

The Life of Benjamin

When Benjamin Morrell was born in 1839, in Ohio, United States, his father, Benjamin Theodore Morrell, was 35 and his mother, Mary Ann Ferguson, was 32. He lived in Brown, Illinois, United States in 1850 and Elkhorn Township, Brown, Illinois, United States in 1860. He died on 2 January 1865, in Morrellville, Johnstown, Cambria, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 26.

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Benjamin Theodore Morrell
Mary Ann Ferguson
Alabama Morrell
Greenleaf Morrell
Theodore Thadius Morrell
Louisa Morrell
Benjamin Morrell

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World Events (7)

1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 0

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.
1839 · The Capital Moves again

Age 0

After the twenty years that the capital was moved to Vandalia, the General Assembly, under the leadership of Abraham Lincoln, voted to move the capital to Springfield. Springfield is still the capital of Illinois to this day, even though Chicago has long surpassed the capital on population.
1848 · Chicago Board of Trade is organized

Age 9

Starting as a voluntary association to help buyers and sellers meet to negotiate and make contracts. The Chicago Board of Trade is one of the oldest futures and options exchanges in the world and it is open 22 hours per day to stay competitive.

Name Meaning

English: from the medieval personal name Morel, a diminutive vernacular form of Latin Maurus ( see Moore 3), with the hypocoristic suffix -el.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Benjamin Greenleif in household of James H Petig*, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Benj Morrell in household of Mary Greenleaf, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Benjamin Morrell - census: 27 July 1860; Brown, Illinois, United States

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