Christopher Merkley

18 December 1808–2 May 1893 (Age 84)
Williamsburgh, Stormont Dundas and Glengarry, Ontario, Canada

The Life Summary of Christopher

When Christopher Merkley was born on 18 December 1808, in Williamsburgh, Stormont Dundas and Glengarry, Ontario, Canada, his father, Jacob Merkley, was 27 and his mother, Elizabeth Stata, was 23. He married Sarah Davis on 18 February 1828, in Williamsburg, Williamsburgh, Dundas, Upper Canada, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1850 and St. Charles, Bear Lake, Idaho, United States in 1880. He died on 2 May 1893, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Christopher Merkley
Xarissa Fairbanks
Marriage: 17 January 1858
Sarah Frances Merkley
Christopher Amos Merkley
Jacob Nathaniel Merkley
Alva Marion Merkley
Mary Jane Merkley
Martha Elizabeth Merkley
Lucy Merkley
Susie Merkley

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    17 January 1858Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
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    World Events (8)

    Age 4
    War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
    Age 19
    Historical Boundaries: 1827: Hancock, Illinois, United States
    1832 · The Black Hawk War
    Age 24
    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

    Probably an Americanized form of German Merkle .

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

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    LIFE HISTORY OF CHRISTOPHER MERKLEY Son of Jacob Merkle, or Merkley BIRTH AND EARLY EXPERIENCE I was born in Williamsburg, Dundas County, Upper Canada, on December 18th, 1808. Worked on my father …

    Sources (92)

    • Christopher Merkley, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Christopher Merkley in entry for Christopher Amos Merkley, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"
    • Christopher Merkley, "United States Census, 1880"

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