James Murch

14 October 1817–
Castine, Hancock, ME

The Life of James

When James Murch was born on 14 October 1817, his father, Ephraim Murch, was 39 and his mother, Rebecca Cobb, was 46. He married Mary Ann Jameson on 9 January 1841. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Montville, Waldo, Maine, United States in 1850. He was buried in Garland, Penobscot, Maine, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Murch
Mary Ann Jameson
Marriage: 9 January 1841
Charles Arthur Murch
George Washington Murch
Andrew James Murch
Amariah Murch
Ruby A Murch

Spouse and Children


    Mary Ann Jameson


9 January 1841


    Charles Arthur Murch


    George Washington Murch


    Andrew James Murch


    Amariah Murch


    Ruby A Murch


Parents and Siblings


    Rebecca Cobb




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World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 2

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. 

Age 10

Historical Boundaries - 1827: Waldo, Maine, United States
1851 · First State to Attempt Prohibition

Age 34

"In 1851, Maine outlawed the sale of alcohol, allowing exceptions only for ""medicinal, mechanical, and manufacturing purposes"". This made Maine the first state to experiment with prohibition. Neal Dow, mayor of Portland, believed that alcohol was linked to slavery and was also convinced by the Christian temperance movement. Dow ran into problems later for his anti-immigration rhetoric against the Irish, and also for breaking his own prohibition laws; although not a designated ""purchaser"", Dow personally purchased alcohol to distribute to local doctors, violating a technicality. As the citizens turned against him, Dow eventually ordered soldiers to fire on protesters. This marked a sharp decline in Dow's political career, and the Maine Law was repealed by 1856. Aspects of the law would remain in tact, however, and ultimately paved the way for the 18th Amendment, which prohibited alcohol on the national level."

Name Meaning

1 English (Devon): nickname for a dwarf, Middle English murch(e).2 French (Lorraine): nickname for a lethargic, feeble man, from a Middle High German loanword, mursch, murz.

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

Sources (3)

  • James March, "United States Census, 1850"
  • James Murch in entry for Mary A Murch, "Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921"
  • James Murch in entry for Charles A Murch, "Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921"

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