Harold Amos Prior

23 July 1891–27 March 1981 (Age 89)
Hyde Park, Lamoille, Vermont, United States

The Life of Harold Amos

When Harold Amos Prior was born on 23 July 1891, in Hyde Park, Lamoille, Vermont, United States, his father, George Henry Prior, was 33 and his mother, Ada Lodema Ferrey, was 31. He married Elsie May Stearns on 30 November 1911, in Morristown, Lamoille, Vermont, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Morrisville, Morristown, Lamoille, Vermont, United States in 1900 and Morristown, Lamoille, Vermont, United States in 1910. He died on 27 March 1981, in Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 89.

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Harold Amos Prior
Elsie May Stearns
Marriage: 30 November 1911
Harvey Stearns Prior

Spouse and Children

30 November 1911
Morristown, Lamoille, Vermont, United States


    Harvey Stearns Prior


Parents and Siblings

    George Henry Prior


    Ada Lodema Ferrey






    Charles E. Prior


    Charles Henry Prior


    Stella M. Prior


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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 5

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.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 7

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 25

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

Name Meaning

1 Southern English, Scottish, Dutch, and German: ultimately from Latin prior ‘superior’, used to denote a prior, a monastic official immediately subordinate to an abbot, hence a nickname for someone thought to resemble a prior or, more often, an occupational name for a servant of a prior.2 Irish: Anglicized form of Irish Gaelic Mac an Phríora ‘son of the prior’ (this is the usual origin in Counties Cavan and Leitrim). Some examples may be Anglo-Norman, the same name as in 1.3 Portuguese, Spanish, and Catalan: from prior, probably denoting someone in the service of a prior or a nickname for someone who behaved in a pompous way.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Harold A Prior in household of Geo H Prior, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Harold Prior in household of Lena Munyan, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Harold A Prior, "United States Census, 1930"

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