Charles W. Ketchum

19 July 1830–2 July 1888 (Age 57)
Syracuse, Onondaga, New York, United States

The Life of Charles W.

When Charles W. Ketchum was born on 19 July 1830, in Syracuse, Onondaga, New York, United States, his father, Jeremiah Ketchum, was 31 and his mother, Mary A., was 25. He married Mary Elizabeth "Eliza" Emerson on 10 April 1854, in Tecumseh, Lenawee, Michigan, United States. He lived in Paw Paw, Van Buren, Michigan, United States in 1880. He died on 2 July 1888, in Jackson, Jackson, Michigan, United States, at the age of 57.

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Charles W. Ketchum
Mary Elizabeth "Eliza" Emerson
Marriage: 10 April 1854

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    Mary Elizabeth "Eliza" Emerson


10 April 1854
Tecumseh, Lenawee, Michigan, United States

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World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 2

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 7

Michigan is the 26th state.

Age 16

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

Name Meaning

English: variant of Ketcham .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Charles W Ketchum, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Charles in entry for Fremont Thompson and Josephine Ketchum, "Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925"
  • Charles W Ketchum in entry for Johephine Ketchum, "Michigan, County Births, 1867-1917"

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