Matilda Jenks

about 1852–
Chester Township, Wabash, Indiana, United States

The Life of Matilda

When Matilda Jenks was born about 1852, in Chester Township, Wabash, Indiana, United States, her father, Hiram Jenks, was 23 and her mother, Lucinda Newman, was 15.

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Family Time Line

Hiram Jenks
1829–1862
Lucinda Newman
1837–1913
Matilda Jenks
1852–
Hannah Jenks
1854–1923
Susie Jenks
1854–
Matilda Jenks
1855–1938
Lucinda Ann Jenks
1857–1936

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World Events (3)

1856 · The Town of Santa Claus

Age 4

The town of Santa Fe was denied their application for a United States Postal Service as a town of Santa Fe, Indiana, was already established. Several meetings were held and the name was changed to Santa Claus, Indiana. The United States Postal Service granted their application. Due to the name, the post office in Santa Claus continues to receive thousands of letters to Santa Claus from children around the world each December.
1863

Age 11

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg

Age 11

The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.

Name Meaning

English (also found in Wales): patronymic from the Middle English personal name Jenk, a back-formation from Jenkin with the removal of the supposed Anglo-Norman French diminutive suffix -in.

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

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