Michael Adam Gift

3 January 1816–12 February 1894 (Age 78)
Pennsylvania, United States

The Life Summary of Michael Adam

When Michael Adam Gift was born on 3 January 1816, in Pennsylvania, United States, his father, John Jacob Gift, was 24 and his mother, Elizabeth Royer, was 24. He married Ann Elizabeth Kleckner in 1842. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Illinois, United States in 1870 and Oneco, Stephenson, Illinois, United States in 1880. He died on 12 February 1894, in Orangeville, Stephenson, Illinois, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Orangeville Cemetery, Orangeville, Stephenson, Illinois, United States.

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Michael Adam Gift
Ann Elizabeth Kleckner
Marriage: 1842
William H. Gift
John J Gift
Mary Elizabeth Gift
George T Gift

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    World Events (8)

    Age 2
    Illinois is the 21st state.
    1819 · Panic! of 1819
    Age 3
    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. 
    1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place
    Age 23
    By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.

    Name Meaning

    English (Cornwall): from Middle English ʒift(e), gift(e) ‘gift’. The name may have been used as a personal name in the sense ‘gift of God’, with reference to a child; compare Theodore . This surname is rare in Britain.

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

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    Sources (8)

    • M Gift, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Michael Gift in entry for William H Tift, "Iowa, Death Records, 1904-1951"
    • Michael Gift, "United States Census, 1880"

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