Catherine Kate Grife

24 December 1824–30 November 1891 (Age 66)
Hesse, Germany

The Life of Catherine Kate

When Catherine Kate Grife was born on 24 December 1824, in Hesse, Germany, her father, Daniel Grife, was 22 and her mother, Barbara Henkel, was 23. She married Sgt William Callen about 1847. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 8 daughters. She lived in Jasper Township, Adams, Iowa, United States for about 10 years and Carl, Adams, Iowa, United States in 1885. She died on 30 November 1891, in Prescott, Adams, Iowa, United States, at the age of 66, and was buried in Adams, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Sgt William Callen
Catherine Kate Grife
Marriage: about 1847
Elliot Newton Callen
Newton Callen
Cynthia Callen
Mary Callen
Frank Callen
Annie Callen
Emma Callen
Cynthia June Callen
Mary Luceta Callen
Frank M. Callen
Charles W. Callen
Miles D. Callen
Anna B. Callen
Sarah Emma Callen

Spouse and Children

about 1847


    Elliot Newton Callen


    Cynthia June Callen


    Mary Luceta Callen


    Frank M. Callen


    Charles W. Callen


+9 More Children

Parents and Siblings



World Events (8)

1825 · The Crimes Act

Age 1

The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.
1832 · Black Hawk War

Age 8

"The Black Hawk War was a brief conflict between the United States and Native Americans led by Black Hawk, a Sauk leader. The war erupted soon after Black Hawk and a group of other tribes, known as the ""British Band"", crossed the Mississippi River, into Illinois, from Iowa Indian Territory in April 1832. Black Hawk's motives were ambiguous, but records show that he was hoping to avoid bloodshed while resettling on tribal land that had been given to the United States in the 1804 Treaty of St. Louis."

Age 22

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

1 English: probably a variant of Grein, Grain, a topographic name for someone who lived by an inlet or at the fork of a river, Middle English greine, grayne.2 Altered spelling of German Grein .3 Possibly an Americanized form of Norwegian Grini, a common habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads in southeastern Norway named Grini, from Old Norse grǫnvin, a compound of grǫn ‘spruce’ + vin ‘meadow’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Katharine Callan, "Iowa State Census, 1885"
  • Catherine Callen in household of William Callen, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Catharine Callen in household of William Callen, "United States Census, 1850"

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