Mary Ella Soper

7 December 1864–20 June 1945 (Age 80)
Henderson Township, Knox, Illinois, United States

The Life of Mary Ella

When Mary Ella Soper was born on 7 December 1864, in Henderson Township, Knox, Illinois, United States, her father, Surraston S. Soper, was 36 and her mother, Eleanor Duval, was 25. She married John F. Russell on 17 October 1888, in Knox, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. She lived in Henderson, Knox, Illinois, United States for about 10 years and Wataga, Knox, Illinois, United States in 1900. She died on 20 June 1945, in Galesburg, Knox, Illinois, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Wataga, Knox, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

John F. Russell
Mary Ella Soper
Marriage: 17 October 1888
Hazel D. Russell
Leona R. Russell

Spouse and Children

17 October 1888
Knox, Illinois, United States



    Leona R. Russell


Parents and Siblings



World Events (8)


Age 1

Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

Age 7

In 1871, a cow kicked over a lantern, causing a fire that burned down half of Chicago. Today this city is the third largest in the US.

Age 22

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

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)

  • Ella Soper in household of Erastus Soper, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Mary E Soper in household of C F Shepherd, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Mary E Russel, "United States Census, 1900"

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