John Orton Jr.

12 April 1815–9 June 1873 (Age 58)
Blaby, Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of John

When John Orton Jr. was born on 12 April 1815, in Blaby, Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom, his father, John Orton Sr, was 33 and his mother, Esther West, was 30. He married Mary Ann Ward on 24 December 1840, in Leicester, Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 1 daughter. He died on 9 June 1873, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 58, and was buried in Ben Lomond Cemetery, North Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Orton Jr.
1815–1873
Mary Ann Ward
1814–1883
Marriage: 24 December 1840
Sarah Jane Orton
1842–1890
Joseph Orton
1845–1919
John Henry Orton
1847–1848
Thomas A Orton
1850–1851
Bryan William Orton
1852–1882
Hyrum James Orton
1856–1921

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    24 December 1840Leicester, Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom
  • Children

    (6)

    +1 More Child

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings

    (10)

    +5 More Children

    World Events (8)

    1819 · Panic! of 1819
    Age 4
    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. 
    1820 · Making States Equal
    Age 5
    The Missouri Compromise helped provide the entrance of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state into the United States. As part of the compromise, slavery was prohibited north of the 36°30′ parallel, excluding Missouri.
    1832 · The Black Hawk War
    Age 17
    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

    English: habitational name from any of various places called Orton in Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, and Westmorland. All those in England share a second element from Old English tūn ‘enclosure, settlement’, but the first element in each case is more difficult to determine. Examples in Cambridgeshire and Warwickshire are on the banks of rivers, so these are probably derived from Old English ōfer ‘riverbank’; in other cases it is impossible to distinguish between ofer ‘ridge’ and ufera ‘upper’. Orton in Westmorland is probably formed with the Old Norse byname Orri ‘black-cock’ (the male black grouse). Orton near Fochabers, Scotland, is of uncertain etymology.Americanized form of Norwegian Årtun: habitational name from the farm name Årtun, found in six places, e.g. in the province of Rogaland, a compound of the genitive case singular of Old Norse á ‘small river’ and tún ‘farm yard (surrounded by buildings)’.

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

    Possible Related Names

    Urton

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    John Orton Biography

    John Orton Biography John Orton son of John Orton and Esther West was born April 12th 1815 at Blaby, Leister shire, England. He was the 5th child of a family of ten children. Blaby is a small villa …

    Sources (35)

    • John Orton, "England and Wales Census, 1841"
    • John Orton in entry for Joseph Orton, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1965"
    • Leicestershire marriages Image | findmypast.com

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