Thomas Jefferson Shanks

2 July 1832–8 October 1860 (Age 28)
Carroll, Indiana, United States

The Life Summary of Thomas Jefferson

When Thomas Jefferson Shanks was born on 2 July 1832, in Carroll, Indiana, United States, his father, John Shanks, was 43 and his mother, Elizabeth Gerard, was 42. He married Isabelle Peterson on 1 January 1852. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Rock Creek Township, Carroll, Indiana, United States in 1850 and Cass Township, Guthrie, Iowa, United States in 1860. He died on 8 October 1860, in Panora, Guthrie, Iowa, United States, at the age of 28, and was buried in Panora, Guthrie, Iowa, United States.

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Thomas Jefferson Shanks
Isabelle Peterson
Marriage: 1 January 1852
Mary Jane Shanks
Aaron Shanks
Ayers Shanks
Rebecca Ann Shanks

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  • Marriage
    1 January 1852
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    World Events (8)

    1833 · The Factory Act Restricts Child Labor
    Age 1
    The Factory Act restricted the hours women and children could work in textile mills. No child under the age of 9 were allowed to work, and children ages 9-13 could not work longer than 9 hours per day. Children up to the age of 13 were required to receive at least two hours of schooling, six days per week.
    1836 · The Massive Internal Improvements Act
    Age 4
    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.
    1841 · Indiana Nears Bankruptcy
    Age 9
    The State of Indiana was near bankruptcy in 1841 due to the inability to repay interest incurred for the Massive Internal Improvement Act. The state liquidated much of its public works. Many of the projects were handed over to the state’s creditors as a way to reduce debt. Only two of the eight proposed infrastructure projects were completed by the creditors.

    Name Meaning

    Scottish (Lanarkshire): habitational name from an unidentified place in southern Scotland with a name in the plural form, presumably derived from Old Scots schank ‘hill spur’. Some have suggested Shank in Borthwick (Midlothian) or Culter Cleuch Shank in Crawford (Lanarkshire), with the unexplained addition of final -s, but these seem unlikely.English: variant of Shank with plural or post-medieval excrescent -s.

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

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    Sources (6)

    • Thomas J Shanks, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Thomas J Shanks, "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007"
    • Thomas J Shanks in household of John Shanks, "United States Census, 1850"

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