Melissa Jane Kuhns

19 March 1865–10 June 1953 (Age 88)
Butler Township, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of Melissa Jane

When Melissa Jane Kuhns was born on 19 March 1865, in Butler Township, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States, her father, Elias Kuhns, was 23 and her mother, Eliza Oplinger, was 29. She married Josiah Hontz on 16 August 1890, in Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in Allentown, Lehigh, Pennsylvania, United States in 1920. She died on 10 June 1953, in Butler Township, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in Saint Johns, Butler Township, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Josiah Hontz
Melissa Jane Kuhns
Marriage: 16 August 1890
Viola Eliza Hontz

Spouse and Children

16 August 1890
Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Elias Kuhns


    Eliza Oplinger




World Events (8)

1866 · The First Civil Rights Act

Age 1

The first federal law that defined what was citizenship and affirm that all citizens are equally protected by the law. Its main objective was to protect the civil rights of persons of African descent.
1877 · First National Strike in U.S. Begins In Pittsburgh Against Pennsylvania Railroad

Age 12

Coming out of an economic crisis, everyone was worried when cuts started happening in the railroad. They went on what would the great railroad strike of 1877.
1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

Age 25

This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.

Name Meaning

Although in German-speaking countries, this surname arose either as a patronymic from Kuhn or a habitational name from a place so named in former Silesia, in the majority of instances in the U.S. it is a Pennsylvania form of German Kuntz , the other common spelling being Koons .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Melissa J Hontz in household of Josiah Hontz, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Malissa J Hontz in household of Josiah Hontz, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Malissa J Huntz in household of Joshia Huntz, "United States Census, 1920"

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