Mary Magdalene Zorger

1832–30 October 1878 (Age 46)
Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of Mary Magdalene

When Mary Magdalene Zorger was born in 1832, in Pennsylvania, United States, her father, Jacob Zorger, was 53 and her mother, Elizabeth Schuler, was 43. She married William H. Shorb in August 1864, in Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Illinois, United States in 1870. She died on 30 October 1878, in Macon, Illinois, United States, at the age of 46, and was buried in Decatur, Macon, Illinois, United States.

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William H. Shorb
Mary Magdalene Zorger
Marriage: August 1864
Valentine Shorb
Lazarus Shorb
Mary Elizabeth Shorb
Ella Gertrude Shorb
William A. Shorb

Spouse and Children

August 1864
Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, United States


    Valentine Shorb


    Lazarus Shorb


    Mary Elizabeth Shorb


    Ella Gertrude Shorb


    William A. Shorb


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World Events (8)

1832 · Black Hawk War

Age 0

"The Black Hawk War was a brief conflict between the United States and Native Americans led by Black Hawk, a Sauk leader. The war erupted soon after Black Hawk and a group of other tribes, known as the ""British Band"", crossed the Mississippi River, into Illinois, from Iowa Indian Territory in April 1832. Black Hawk's motives were ambiguous, but records show that he was hoping to avoid bloodshed while resettling on tribal land that had been given to the United States in the 1804 Treaty of St. Louis."
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 0

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 14

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Sorge .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Mary Shorbe in household of William Shorbe, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Mary Forger in entry for William A Short and Lucile Pearl Myers, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"
  • Mary M Zorger in entry for Philip Mueller and Mary E Shorb, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"

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