Alexander Campbell Molen

Brief Life History of Alexander Campbell

When Alexander Campbell Molen was born on 17 March 1831, in Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois, United States, his father, Jesse Molen, was 25 and his mother, Laurany Huffaker, was 21. He died on 19 August 1859, in his hometown, at the age of 28, and was buried in Antioch Cemetery, Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

Jesse Molen
Laurany Huffaker
Margaret Ann Molen
Alexander Campbell Molen
Simpson Montgomery Molen
Docia Emerine Molen
James Wesley Molen
Francis Marion Molen
Sophronia Rosannah Molen
Hannah Elizabeth Molen
Michael Webster Molen
Nancy Jane Molen
Genevra Ellen Molen
Martha Melvina Molen
Mary Erepta Molen

Sources (21)

  • 1840 United States Federal Census
  • Alexander C Molen, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Alexander Campbell Molen, "Utah Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Database, 1847-1868"

World Events (8)

1832 · Black Hawk War

"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."

1832 · The Black Hawk War

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.

1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.

Name Meaning

Swedish (Molén): ornamental or topographic name from mo ‘sandy heath’ + the adjectival suffix -én, a derivative of Latin -enius ‘relating to’, with intrusive -l- for euphony, or from the root of Latin molinarius ‘miller’ or mola ‘mill’ + the suffix -én, derived from Latin -inius ‘relating to’.

Dutch and Flemish: very rare variant of Vandermolen and, in North America, (also) a shortened form of this.

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

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Story Highlight

Molen Family History Obtained from Church Historical Department 16 August 1985 by Nancy Lee Hanson File: Mormon Biographies File 2050, Box 6 File 15

Simpson Montgomery Molen was born 14 September 1832 in Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois. I was second son of Jesse and Lurany Huffaker Molen and was one of 13 children born to them. When I was a mear ch …

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