Rachel Burke Taaffe

11 March 1801–28 April 1863 (Age 62)
Lurgan, Shankill, County Armagh, Ireland

The Life Summary of Rachel Burke

Rachel Burke Taaffe was born on 11 March 1801, in Lurgan, Shankill, County Armagh, Ireland as the daughter of John Taaffe and Nancy Ann Trainor. She married John Kilpatrick McDonald in April 1823, in Lurgan, County Armagh, Ireland. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 2 daughters. She died on 28 April 1863, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 62, and was buried in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Kilpatrick McDonald
Rachel Burke Taaffe
Marriage: April 1823
Elizabeth Taaffe McDonald
William Taaffe McDonald
William Taaffe McDonald
John Taaffe McDonald Sr.
Alexander Taaffe Mc Donald
Washington McDonald
James Kilpatrick McDonald
Jane Taaffe McDonald
Joseph Taaffe McDonald

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    April 1823Lurgan, Shankill, County Armagh, Ireland
  • Children


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    +3 More Children

    World Events (8)

    Age 2
    France sells Louisiana territories to U.S.A.
    1803 · The U.S doubles in size
    Age 2
    The United States purchased all the Louisiana territory (828,000 sq. mi) from France, only paying 15 million dollars (A quarter trillion today) for the land. In the purchase, the US obtained the land that makes up 15 US states and 2 Canadian Provinces. The United States originally wanted to purchase of New Orleans and the lands located on the coast around it, but quickly accepted the bargain that Napoleon Bonaparte offered.
    1819 · Panic! of 1819
    Age 18
    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. 

    Name Meaning

    Some characteristic forenames: Irish Declan, Padraic.Irish (of Welsh origin; chiefly Louth): topographic name from the River Taff (Glamorgan) or the River Taf (Pembrokeshire). The river names are Celtic or pre-Celtic in origin, and may mean ‘dark’ or ‘stream’. It may also derive from a pet form of the Welsh personal name Dafydd, the Welsh form of David , although this derivation is highly improbable.History: An Irish family of this name held the earldom of Carlingford (Louth) in the 17th century, which they were granted as a reward for their support of the House of Stuart.

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

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    Story Highlight

    History of John Kilpatrick McDonald (1797) & Rachel Taaffe (1806)

    By Gerry Timothy Carroll In a little town by the seashore named Donaghadee (about 15 miles east of Belfast) in County Down, Northern Ireland, John Kilpatrick McDonald was born on 5 January 1797. He w …

    Sources (9)

    • Rachel Tafft in entry for John Tafft Mcdonald, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1965"
    • Rachel McDonald, "Utah, Salt Lake City Cemetery Records, 1847-1976"
    • Rachael Burck Taaffee in entry for John Taaffee Mcdonald, "Utah, Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, 1847-1868"

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