Adah Soper

1861–13 May 1935 (Age 74)
Iowa, United States

The Life of Adah

When Adah Soper was born in 1861, in Iowa, United States, her father, Timothy Soper, was 41 and her mother, Adelia Maria Starkweather, was 26. She married George Francis Bodenhoffer on 29 April 1886. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. She lived in Fairview Township, Jones, Iowa, United States in 1860 and Fairview, Jones, Iowa, United States in 1880. She died on 13 May 1935, in Anamosa, Jones, Iowa, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Anamosa, Jones, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

George Francis Bodenhoffer
Adah Soper
Marriage: 29 April 1886
Ruby Serepta Bodenhoffer
"Child" Bodenhoffer

Spouse and Children

29 April 1886
House of T. Soper, Jones, Iowa


Parents and Siblings


    Adelia Maria Starkweather




    Katherine Jane Soper



World Events (8)


Age 2

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1867 · The Burtis Opera House

Age 6

The Burtis Opera House opened in Davenport and could easily hold an audience of 1,600. It was a widely used facility and Mark Twain filled the house when he spoke on tour in 1869. It was also used to house Susan B. Anthony when she lectured on the woman's right to vote. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra played its first concert as the new Tri-City Symphony in the Opera House. An arsonist set fire to the building on the evening of April 26, 1921, and the building was severely destroyed. The building was rebuilt but was no longer used as an opera house.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 20

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

Name Meaning

English (chiefly Devon): occupational name for a soapmaker, from an agent derivative of Middle English sōpe ‘soap’ (apparently of Celtic origin). The process involved boiling oil or fat together with potash or soda.

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

Sources (3)

  • Ada Soper in household of Timothy Soper, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Ada Soper in household of Timothy Soper, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Adie Soper in household of Timothy Soper, "United States Census, 1880"

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