John Henry Merkley

18 May 1817–2 October 1886 (Age 69)
Williamsburgh, Dundas, Ontario, Canada

The Life of John Henry

When John Henry Merkley was born on 18 May 1817, in Williamsburgh, Dundas, Ontario, Canada, his father, Henrich Stopel Merkley, was 40 and his mother, Margaretha Berne Barkley, was 34. He married Catherine Elizabeth Ouderkirk on 23 October 1838, in Ontario, Canada. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 4 daughters. He died on 2 October 1886, at the age of 69, and was buried in Williamsburg General Cemetery, Covington, Mississippi, United States.

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John Henry Merkley
Catherine Elizabeth Ouderkirk
Marriage: 23 October 1838
Margaret Merkley
Peter Merkley
Adam Simon Merkley
Catherine Elizabeth Merkley
Sarah Merkley
Peter Henry Merkley
Nancy Merkley
George Hiram Merkley
Simon Adam Merkley
Michael Merkley

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23 October 1838
Ontario, Canada


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World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 2

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
1820 · The Treaty of Doak's Stand 

Age 3

The Treaty of Doak’s Stand was a treaty with the Choctaw which makes up the majority of Mississippi. It made it so the Choctaw had to give up one-half of their remaining homeland. 
1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 19

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

Name Meaning

Probably an Americanized form of German Merkel .

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

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Sources (3)

  • John Merkley in entry for Peter Henry Merkley and Eliza Ouderkirk, "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927"
  • John H Merkley in entry for Simon Adam Merkley and Agnes J Onderkirk, "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927"
  • John Merkley in entry for George Merkley and Alma Hanes, "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927"

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