Helen Laura Tower

Female30 July 1844–30 April 1889

Brief Life History of Helen Laura

When Helen Laura Tower was born on 30 July 1844, in Westford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Eli Tower, was 37 and her mother, Mary Fletcher, was 31. She married Francis Leighton Fletcher on 1 January 1865, in Westford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She died on 30 April 1889, in Westford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 44, and was buried in Fairview Cemetery, Westford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

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Francis Leighton Fletcher
Helen Laura Tower
Marriage: 1 January 1865
Lena Helen Fletcher

Sources (20)

  • Hellen Fletcher in household of Frank G Fletcher, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Hellen Tower, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
  • Helen Tower, "Massachusetts, Marriages, 1841-1915"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    1 January 1865Westford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
  • Children (1)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (11)

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    World Events (7)


    Age 2

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


    Age 19

    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg

    Age 19

    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: topographic name for someone who lived near a tower, usually a defensive fortification or watchtower, from Middle English, Old French tūr (from Latin turris).

    English: occupational name for someone who dressed white leather, cured with alum rather than tanned with bark, from an agent derivative of Middle English taw(en) (Old English tawian ‘to prepare, make ready’).

    Americanized form of German Tauer .

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

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