John Marshall Bracken

1844–18 February 1862 (Age 18)
Indiana, United States

The Life of John Marshall

When John Marshall Bracken was born in 1844, in Indiana, United States, his father, Thomas Bracken, was 50 and his mother, Matilda Coen, was 43. He lived in Union Township, Rush, Indiana, United States for about 10 years. He died on 18 February 1862, at the age of 18, and was buried in Mauzy, Union Township, Rush, Indiana, United States.

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Thomas Bracken
Matilda Coen
Dr. William Bracken
Mary Bracken
Sally Sarah Bracken
Katharine Ann Bracken
Tamzine Bracken
Martha Anna Bracken
Elizabeth J. Bracken
Thomas Whiten Bracken
Jesse Wakefield Bracken
Letha Matilda Bracken
Olive Caroline Bracken
John Marshall Bracken

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World Events (3)


Age 2

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1851 · Constitution of 1851

Age 7

Due to the state’s financial crisis during the previous decade and growing criticism toward state government. Voters approve the Constitution of 1851 which forbade the state government from going into debt.
1856 · The Town of Santa Claus

Age 12

The town of Santa Fe was denied their application for a United States Postal Service as a town of Santa Fe, Indiana, was already established. Several meetings were held and the name was changed to Santa Claus, Indiana. The United States Postal Service granted their application. Due to the name, the post office in Santa Claus continues to receive thousands of letters to Santa Claus from children around the world each December.

Name Meaning

1 Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Breacáin ‘descendant of Breacán’, a personal name from a diminutive of breac ‘speckled’, ‘spotted’, which was borne by a 6th-century saint who lived at Ballyconnel, County Cavan, and was famous as a healer; St. Bricin's Military Hospital, Dublin is named in his honor.2 English: topographic name from Middle English braken ‘bracken’ (from Old English bræcen or Old Norse brakni), or a habitational name from a place named with this word, such as Bracken in East Yorkshire or Bracon Ash in Norfolk.3 German: especially in the north, probably a topographic name from Middle Low German brake ‘brushwood’, ‘fallow land’, ‘copse’, an element of many field and place names.

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

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Sources (3)

  • John M Bracken in household of Thos Bracken, "United States Census, 1860"
  • John M Bracken in household of Thomas Bracken, "United States Census, 1850"
  • John Bracken, "Find A Grave Index"

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