Ella Lillian Cowles

4 March 1857–25 March 1941 (Age 84)
Fort Madison, Lee, Iowa, United States

The Life Summary of Ella Lillian

When Ella Lillian Cowles was born on 4 March 1857, in Fort Madison, Lee, Iowa, United States, her father, Philotus Cowles, was 40 and her mother, Diana Freeman, was 39. She married Jesse Rudolph Thornton on 23 May 1888, in Holt, Nebraska, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. She lived in Iowa, United States in 1870 and Lee, Iowa, United States in 1895. She died on 25 March 1941, in Keokuk, Lee, Iowa, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Fort Madison, Lee, Iowa, United States.

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Jesse Rudolph Thornton
Ella Lillian Cowles
Marriage: 23 May 1888
Clyde Merrill Thornton
Clyde Thornber

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  • Marriage
    23 May 1888Holt, Nebraska, United States
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    World Events (8)

    Age 6
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
    1867 · The Burtis Opera House
    Age 10
    The Burtis Opera House opened in Davenport and could easily hold an audience of 1,600. It was a widely used facility and Mark Twain filled the house when he spoke on tour in 1869. It was also used to house Susan B. Anthony when she lectured on the woman's right to vote. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra played its first concert as the new Tri-City Symphony in the Opera House. An arsonist set fire to the building on the evening of April 26, 1921, and the building was severely destroyed. The building was rebuilt but was no longer used as an opera house.
    1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield
    Age 24
    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: variant of Coles .

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

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    Sources (21)

    • Ella Cowles in entry for Thornton, "Iowa, County Births, 1880-1935"
    • Ella Thornber in household of Jesse Thornber, "United States Census, 1900"
    • Ella L Cowles in entry for Clyde M Thornton and Olive M Wallace, "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934"

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