James Monroe Puffer

30 March 1831–29 January 1923 (Age 91)
North Adams, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of James Monroe

When James Monroe Puffer was born on 30 March 1831, in North Adams, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Tisdale Puffer, was 34 and his mother, Rosina Alcena Amidon, was 27. He married Eunice Celinda Twitchell on 12 December 1850, in San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Beaver, Beaver, Utah Territory, United States in 1880 and Beaver Election Precinct, Beaver, Utah, United States in 1900. He died on 29 January 1923, in Rock Springs, Sweetwater, Wyoming, United States, at the age of 91, and was buried in Rock Springs Cemetery, Rock Springs, Sweetwater, Wyoming, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Monroe Puffer
Eunice Celinda Twitchell
Marriage: 12 December 1850
Ephriam Orvel Puffer
Melissa Ursula Puffer
Oren Puffer
Rozina Fidelia Puffer
Melinda Puffer
Nettie Puffer
Monroe Puffer

Spouse and Children

12 December 1850
San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States


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World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 1

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Age 19

The state known as Utah began when Brigham Young led a group of LDS pilgrims seeking freedom from religious persecution into the Great Salt Lake Valley, where they established a settlement in 1847. The golden spike completing the first transcontinental railroad line was driven at Promontory, Utah, in 1869, leading to a further influx of settlers.

Age 32

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Name Meaning

German: variant of Puff 2.

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

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Story Highlight

"Jim Puffer" and how that beautiful lake in our Beaver Mountains came to be called "Puffers Lake"

Jim was very fond of the mountains and spent a lot of his time hunting bear, deer and mountain lions. He killed several bear. One day while Jim Puffer, Jim Hoopes and Jim Hutchings along wi …

Sources (3)

  • Jas Puffer, "United States Census, 1860"
  • J M Preffer, "United States Census, 1870"
  • James Puffer in household of Linda Allred, "United States Census, 1920"

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