Perry Albert Harper

Brief Life History of Perry Albert

When Perry Albert Harper was born on 29 March 1874, in Davenport, Scott, Iowa, United States, his father, Thomas McGinnis Harper, was 27 and his mother, Druzilla Jane Brenton, was 20. He married Lillie Mae Scott on 9 July 1896, in Beaver City, Furnas, Nebraska, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Belle Plaine Township, Norton, Kansas, United States in 1900 and Grant Township, Norton, Kansas, United States for about 30 years. He died on 22 May 1945, in Norton, Kansas, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in Mount Olive Cemetery, Norton, Kansas, United States.

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Perry Albert Harper
Lillie Mae Scott
Marriage: 9 July 1896
Maude Catherine Harper
Hazel Ulah Harper
Minnie Lee Harper
Walter Burton Harper
Gertrude Jane Harper
James Oscar Harper

Sources (11)

  • Perry A Harper, "Kansas State Census, 1925"
  • P A Harper, "Nebraska Marriages, 1855-1995"
  • Perry Albert Harper, "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918"

World Events (8)

1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.

1877 · Nicodemus is Founded

The town of Nicodemus was founded by African-American migrants from Kansas in 1877.

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

Name Meaning

English (Staffordshire), Scottish, Irish (Antrim and Down), and Dutch: occupational name for a player on the harp, from Middle English harper(e) ‘harper’ (Old English hearpere) and Middle Dutch harper, herper. The harper was one of the most important figures of a medieval baronial hall, especially in Scotland and northern England, and the office of harper was sometimes hereditary. The Scottish surname is probably an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Chruiteir ‘son of the harper’ (from Gaelic cruit ‘harp’, ‘stringed instrument’). This surname has long been present in Ireland.

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

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