John William Tarr

Illinois, United States

The Life of John William

When John William Tarr was born in 1847, in Illinois, United States, his father, William R Tarr, was 37 and his mother, Mary M Polly Adair, was 35.

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William R Tarr
Mary M Polly Adair
James Ferris Tarr
Mary Jane Tarr
Sally Ann Tarr
Martha Elizabeth Tarr
Maria Francis Tarr
Lucinda Tarr
John William Tarr
Charles Tarr
Margaret Alice Tarr
Orville Browning Tarr
Waila Orr Tarr

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World Events (3)

1848 · Chicago Board of Trade is organized

Age 1

Starting as a voluntary association to help buyers and sellers meet to negotiate and make contracts. The Chicago Board of Trade is one of the oldest futures and options exchanges in the world and it is open 22 hours per day to stay competitive.

Age 16

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg

Age 16

The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.

Name Meaning

1 English (southwestern England and South Wales): apparently from tar (Old English te(o)ru), and applied perhaps to someone who worked with tar or bitumen in waterproofing ships.2 Possibly an altered spelling of German Tharr, of uncertain origin.

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

Sources (1)

  • John W Tarr in household of William R Tarr, "United States Census, 1850"

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