Helen Tryphena Clark

31 March 1861–28 September 1918 (Age 57)
Groton, Groton, Tompkins, New York, United States

The Life of Helen Tryphena

When Helen Tryphena Clark was born on 31 March 1861, in Groton, Groton, Tompkins, New York, United States, her father, Franklin B. Clark, was 28 and her mother, Jane Ann Spence, was 22. She married Alfred Clayton Ranney on 31 March 1884, in Groton, Groton, Tompkins, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Groton City, Groton, Tompkins, New York, United States in 1880 and Summer Hill, Summerhill, Cayuga, New York, United States for about 5 years. She died on 28 September 1918, in Summerhill, Cayuga, New York, United States, at the age of 57, and was buried in Groton City, Groton, Tompkins, New York, United States.

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Alfred Clayton Ranney
Helen Tryphena Clark
Marriage: 31 March 1884
Grace Virginia Ranney
Arthur Clark Ranney
Frank Addison Ranney
Mary Ethel Ranney

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31 March 1884
Groton, Groton, Tompkins, New York, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 2

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg

Age 2

The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.
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

English: occupational name for a scribe or secretary, originally a member of a minor religious order who undertook such duties. The word clerc denoted a member of a religious order, from Old English cler(e)c ‘priest’, reinforced by Old French clerc. Both are from Late Latin clericus, from Greek klērikos, a derivative of klēros ‘inheritance’, ‘legacy’, with reference to the priestly tribe of Levites ( see Levy ) ‘whose inheritance was the Lord’. In medieval Christian Europe, clergy in minor orders were permitted to marry and so found families; thus the surname could become established. In the Middle Ages it was virtually only members of religious orders who learned to read and write, so that the term clerk came to denote any literate man.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Helen Raney in household of Alfred C Raney, "New York State Census, 1905"
  • Helen F Clark in household of Franklin Clark, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Hellen Clark in household of Franklin B Clark, "New York State Census, 1865"

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