John Gorham

1837–20 April 1884 (Age 47)
Jackson, Jackson, Michigan, United States

The Life of John

When John Gorham was born in 1837, in Jackson, Jackson, Michigan, United States, his father, Guy Hoyt Gorham, was 25 and his mother, Elizabeth Riley Mowry, was 24. He married Sarah H. DeWitt on 30 July 1868, in Macoupin, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in La Moille, Bureau, Illinois, United States in 1850 and Gillespie, Macoupin, Illinois, United States in 1880. He died on 20 April 1884, in Baylestown, Macoupin, Illinois, United States, at the age of 47, and was buried in Luken Cemetery, Bunker Hill Township, Macoupin, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Gorham
Sarah H. DeWitt
Marriage: 30 July 1868
Harlem Lincoln Gorham
Jennie Idela Gorham

Spouse and Children

30 July 1868
Macoupin, Illinois, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Guy Hoyt Gorham


    Elizabeth Riley Mowry




    Sarah Jane Gorham




    Richmond Gorham


World Events (8)


Age 0

Michigan is the 26th state.

Age 9

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1854 · Creation of the Republican Party

Age 17

A debate continues over the location of the creation of the Republican Party. Some sources claim the party was formed in Ripon, Wisconsin, on February 28, 1854. Others claim the first meeting of the Republican Party took place in Jackson, Michigan, on July 6, 1854, where the Republican Party was officially organized. Over 1,000 people were present and candidates were selected for the party, thus making it the first Republican convention.

Name Meaning

English (Kent): apparently a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place, possibly so named from Old English gāra ‘triangular piece of land’ + hām ‘homestead’.

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • John Gorham, "United States Census, 1880"
  • John Gorman in household of Guy H Gorman, "United States Census, 1850"
  • John Gorham in entry for Harlem T Gorham and Lulu M Hutson, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"

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