Michael M Zeran

6 April 1811–20 November 1887 (Age 76)
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada

The Life of Michael M

When Michael M Zeran was born on 6 April 1811, in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, his father, David Zeran, was 35 and his mother, Elizabeth Empey, was 42. He married Christiana Lennox in 1831. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. He died on 20 November 1887, in Central Lake, Antrim, Michigan, United States, at the age of 76.

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Michael M Zeran
Christiana Lennox
Marriage: 1831
Margaret A Zeran
Capt David Zeran
Alice Ellen Zeran
William Zeran
Frances S Zeran
Michael M Zeran

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World Events (8)


Age 1

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
1812 · War of 1812

Age 1

Because of the outbreak of war from Napoleonic France, Britain decided to blockade the trade between the United States and the French. The US then fought this action and said it was illegal under international law. Britain supplied Native Americans who raided settlers living on the frontier and halting expansion westward. In 1814, one of the British raids stormed into Washington D.C. burning down the capital. Neither the Americans or the British wanted to continue fighting, so negotiations of peace began. After Treaty of Ghent was signed, Unaware of the treaty, British forces invaded Louisiana but were defeated in January 1815.
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 21

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

Czech and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from beran ‘ram’, hence a nickname for someone thought to resemble a ram in some way, for example, someone with curly hair. It is also found as a nickname for a pig-headed or arrogant person and as a derogatory nickname for a Protestant.

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

Sources (3)

  • Michael Zeran, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Michael Zeran, "Michigan Deaths, 1867-1897"
  • Michael Zeran in entry for Alice E. Petherick, "Michigan Deaths, 1867-1897"

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