John Muir

8 January 1830–25 June 1908 (Age 78)
Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of John

When John Muir was born on 8 January 1830, in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, James Muir, was 36 and his mother, Mary Ann Murray, was 37. He married Margaret Fotheringham on 1 March 1857, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. He lived in Heber City, Wasatch, Utah, United States for about 20 years. He died on 25 June 1908, in Hayward, Alameda, California, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Heber City, Wasatch, Utah, United States.

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John Muir
Margaret Fotheringham
Marriage: 1 March 1857

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    1 March 1857Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1832 · The Black Hawk War
    Age 2
    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.
    Age 13
    Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published.
    1854 · Great North of Scotland Railway
    Age 24
    Being one of the two smallest railways in 1923, the Great North of Scotland Railway carried its first passengers from Kittybrewster to Huntly in 1854. In the 1880s the railways were refurbished to give express services to the suburban parts in Aberdeen. There were junctions with the Highland Railway established to help connect Aberdeenshire, Banffshire and Moray counties. The railway started to deliver goods from the North Sean and from the whisky distilleries in Speyside. With the implementation of bus services and the purchase of the British Railway the Great North of Scotland Railway was discontinued.

    Name Meaning

    Scottish: topographic name for someone who lived on a moor, from Older Scots muir ‘moor’ (an expanse of bare, wild upland country). There has been some confusion with Mure .

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

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    History of George Muir and Margaret Hannah

    HISTORY OF GEORGE MUIR AND HIS WIFE MARGARET HANNAH By Jennie Gibson McMillan, granddaughter George Muir was the son of James Muir and Mary Murray. He was born in or near Kilmarnook Ayrshire, Sco …

    Sources (13)

    • Nicholas Muir in household of James Muir, "England and Wales Census, 1841"
    • Nicholas M Muir in household of James Muir, "England and Wales Census, 1851"
    • John Muir 1st Battalion Nauvoo Legion

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