James Decatur Kerlee

10 February 1855–23 November 1921 (Age 66)
Franklin, Missouri, United States

The Life Summary of James Decatur

When James Decatur Kerlee was born on 10 February 1855, in Franklin, Missouri, United States, his father, William James Kerley, was 23 and his mother, Lovisa Ann Murphy, was 17. He married Mary Sally Hibler on 20 May 1877, in Gasconade, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Missouri, United States in 1870 and Darby, Ravalli, Montana, United States in 1920. He died on 23 November 1921, in Bitter Root, Ravalli, Montana, United States, at the age of 66, and was buried in Lone Pine Cemetery, Darby, Ravalli, Montana, United States.

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James Decatur Kerlee
Mary Sally Hibler
Marriage: 20 May 1877
Edward Jackson Kerlee
William Arthur Kerlee
Cora Ellan Kerlee
Lilly May Kerlee
George Emmett Kerlee
Robert Elmer Kerlee
Rev. Benjamin Oscar Kerlee
Lewis Berten Kerlee
Bessie Myrtle Kerlee
Rose Leona Kerlee
Floss L Kerlee
Emma Grace Kerlee
Virgil Eugene Kerlee

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  • Marriage
    20 May 1877Gasconade, Missouri, United States
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    World Events (8)

    Age 5
    In 1860, the Pony Express used men riding on horseback to carry mail between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California.
    1864 · Montana Territory
    Age 9
    Montana was made a territory by President Abraham Lincoln on May 26 1864. The capital was Virginia City and remained the capital until 1894, when Helena became the capital.
    1876 · Battle of Littlebig Horn
    Age 21
    Known as Custer's Last Stand, the Battle of Littlebig Horn took place on June 25 1876 and ended on June 26 1876. The battle was between the Lakota and Arapaho tribes and the 7th Calvary Regiment of the United States Army, headed by Colonel George Armstrong Custer. Custer was killed in the battle.

    Name Meaning

    Irish (Louth): variant of Curley (see McCurley ).English (Dorset and Hampshire): variant of Carley .In some cases probably also an Americanized form of Swiss German Kehrli , a diminutive of Kerl .

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

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    Sources (22)

    • James D Kerlee in entry for Floss Kerlee, "Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840-2004"
    • James Kirley, "United States Census, 1880"
    • James Kerley, "Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991"

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