Martha Van Kirk

26 September 1863–1939
Franklin, Bergen, New Jersey, United States

The Life of Martha

When Martha Van Kirk was born on 26 September 1863, in Franklin, Bergen, New Jersey, United States, her father, Robert Van Kirk, was 30 and her mother, Lorana Sturr, was 30. She married William A. Leather on 29 December 1881, in Manchester Township, Passaic, New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Manchester Township, Passaic, New Jersey, United States for about 40 years and Paterson Township, Passaic, New Jersey, United States in 1930.

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Family Time Line

William A. Leather
Martha Van Kirk
Marriage: 29 December 1881
Jessie Elvira Leather
Nellie Leather
Andrew William Leather
Lorana Leather
Elmer Leather
Eleanor Leather

Spouse and Children

29 December 1881
Manchester Township, Passaic, New Jersey, United States


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings

    Robert Van Kirk





World Events (8)


Age 2

Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

Age 16

Thomas Edison had been seeking to create a more practical and affordable version of the lightbulb, primarily for home use. Edison had attempted several different materials, including platinum and other metals, before ultimately deciding on a carbon filament. On October 21, 1879, Edison finally carried out the first successful test of this new light bulb in Menlo Park, New Jersey.

Age 23

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

Name Meaning

1 Vietnamese: unexplained.2 Dutch (De Van): metonymic occupational name for a winnower or a maker of winnowing fans, from Middle Dutch van(ne) ‘fan’.3 English: Western English variant of Fann .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Martha Leather in household of William Leather, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Martha Van Kurk in household of Lorana Van Kurk, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Martha Leather in household of Wm A Leather, "United States Census, 1900"

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