Joseph Chas Ours

16 December 1812–25 January 1885 (Age 72)
Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of Joseph Chas

Joseph Chas Ours was born on 16 December 1812, in Pennsylvania, United States. He married Ann Catherine Neuhard on 17 April 1837. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Iowa, United States in 1870 and Wilton, Muscatine, Iowa, United States for about 5 years. He died on 25 January 1885, in Muscatine, Muscatine, Iowa, United States, at the age of 72, and was buried in Oakdale Cemetery, Wilton, Muscatine, Iowa, United States.

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Joseph Chas Ours
Ann Catherine Neuhard
Marriage: 17 April 1837
John Henry Ours
Ann Elizabeth Ours
Rebecca Ours
George F Ours
Mary M. Ours
Amelia Catherine Ours
Isaiah R Ours
Emma C Ours
Effie Jane Ours

Spouse and Children

17 April 1837
Wilton, Muscatine, Iowa


    John Henry Ours



    Rebecca Ours



    Mary M. Ours


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World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 7

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 · Making States Equal

Age 8

The Missouri Compromise helped provide the entrance of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state into the United States. As part of the compromise, slavery was prohibited north of the 36°30′ parallel, excluding Missouri.
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 20

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.

Name Meaning

French:1. from ours ‘bear’ (Latin ursus), hence a nickname for someone thought to resemble a bear (e.g. a large, lumbering person, or an unsociable one), or local name for someone who lived in a house distinguished with the sign of a bear. 2. from the old personal name Ours, not common, derived from Latin Ursus, which was the name of some early saints in Gaul.

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

Sources (3)

  • Joseph Ours, "Iowa State Census, 1885"
  • Joseph Ours, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Joseph Ours, "United States Census, 1880"

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