Charles Wesley Hollenbeck

9 July 1831–24 September 1912 (Age 81)
Indiana, United States

The Life of Charles Wesley

When Charles Wesley Hollenbeck was born on 9 July 1831, in Indiana, United States, his father, Lawrence Hollenbeck, was 30 and his mother, Nancy Ann Harlin, was 29. He married Laura Matilda Welch about 1862, in Jones, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Linn, Iowa, United States in 1905 and Marion, Linn, Iowa, United States in 1910. He died on 24 September 1912, in Marion, Iowa, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Anamosa, Jones, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Charles Wesley Hollenbeck
Laura Matilda Welch
Marriage: about 1862
Jennie M. Hollenbeck
Laura May Hollenbeck
Charles Burt Hollenbeck

Spouse and Children

about 1862
Jones, Iowa, United States


    Jennie M. Hollenbeck


    Laura May Hollenbeck



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World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 1

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.
1836 · The Massive Internal Improvements Act

Age 5

The Massive Internal Improvements Act of 1836 loaned Indiana $10,000,000 to create infrastructure such as canals, railroads, and roads across the state. The act was signed by Whig Governor Noah Noble and passed by the Indiana General Assembly. However, the financial crisis known as the Panic of 1837 thwarted these plans as costs ballooned. Construction on the infrastructure was not completed and the state debt rapidly increased.
1856 · The Town of Santa Claus

Age 25

The town of Santa Fe was denied their application for a United States Postal Service as a town of Santa Fe, Indiana, was already established. Several meetings were held and the name was changed to Santa Claus, Indiana. The United States Postal Service granted their application. Due to the name, the post office in Santa Claus continues to receive thousands of letters to Santa Claus from children around the world each December.

Name Meaning

North German: habitational name from a place so named near Hamburg or from Hollenbek near Ratzeburg.

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

Sources (3)

  • C W Hollenbeck, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Wesley Hollenbeck in household of Horace Metcalf, "United States Census, 1850"
  • C Wesley Hollenbeck, "Iowa State Census, 1905"

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