Emma Bell Hughes

8 December 1861–7 November 1918 (Age 56)
Jefferson, Iowa, United States

The Life of Emma

When Emma Bell Hughes was born on 8 December 1861, in Jefferson, Iowa, United States, her father, Brinton Hughes, was 31 and her mother, Martha Koons, was 22. She married John Jefferson Rorah on 4 September 1881, in Wiota, Cass, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Cass, Iowa, United States in 1895 and Viola Township, Audubon, Iowa, United States in 1900. She died on 7 November 1918, in Menlo, Guthrie, Iowa, United States, at the age of 56, and was buried in Rosehill Cemetery, Menlo, Guthrie, Iowa, United States.

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John Jefferson Rorah
Emma Bell Hughes
Marriage: 4 September 1881
William Edward Rorah
Laura Bell Rorah
Arlow Desmond Rorah
Albert Brintion Rorah
Leota Mae Rorah

Spouse and Children

    John Jefferson Rorah



4 September 1881
Wiota, Cass, Iowa, United States


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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

1 Scottish and northern English: from Middle English belle ‘bell’, in various applications; most probably a metonymic occupational name for a bell ringer or bell maker, or a topographic name for someone living ‘at the bell’ (as attested by 14th-century forms such as John atte Belle). This indicates either residence by an actual bell (e.g. a town's bell in a bell tower, centrally placed to summon meetings, sound the alarm, etc.) or ‘at the sign of the bell’, i.e. a house or inn sign (although surnames derived from house and inn signs are rare in Scots and English).2 Scottish and northern English: from the medieval personal name Bel. As a man's name this is from Old French beu, bel ‘handsome’, which was also used as a nickname. As a female name it represents a short form of Isobel, a form of Elizabeth.3 Scottish: Americanized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Mhaoil ‘son of the servant of the devotee’ ( see Mullen 1).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Emma Rorah in household of John Rorah, "Iowa State Census, 1895"
  • Emma Hughes in household of Brinton Hughes, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Emma B Rorah in household of John H Rorah, "United States Census, 1900"

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