Ellen Farmer

February 1862–
Indiana, United States

The Life of Ellen

When Ellen Farmer was born in February 1862, in Indiana, United States, her father, Elijah Farmer, was 46 and her mother, Elizabeth Prough, was 36. She married Huston M. Hawkins on 6 April 1876, in Jerseyville, Jersey, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. She lived in Guelph, Sumner, Kansas, United States for about 10 years and Harrison Township, Morgan, Indiana, United States in 1930.

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John Modlin
Ellen Farmer
Jessie Modlin
Fredrick Modlin
Ethel Modlin
Emma Modlin
Harry Modlin
Earl Modlin

Spouse and Children

    John Modlin





+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings

    Elijah Farmer


    Elizabeth Prough




    Joseph Farmer


    James Edward Farmer



    Mary J. Farmer



+4 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 1

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1863 · Battle of Baxter Springs

Age 1

A minor battle of the American Civil War named The Battle of Baxter Springs was fought in Baxter Springs on October 6, 1863. The battle was a Confederate victory and there were approximately 113 casualties.
1893 · The World's Columbian Exposition

Age 31

Also known as the Chicago World's Fair, The Exposition was held to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the New World. The centerpiece of the Fair was a large water pool that represented Columbus's voyage across the Atlantic to the Americas. The Fair had a profound effect on new architecture designs, sanitation advancement, and the arts. The Fairgrounds were given the nickname the White City due to its lavish paint and materials used to constuct it. Over 27 million people attended the fair during its six-month of operation. Among many of the invetions exhibited there was the first Ferris wheel built to rival the Eiffel Tower in France.

Name Meaning

1 English: occupational name from Middle English, Old French ferm(i)er (Late Latin firmarius). The term denoted in the first instance a tax farmer, one who undertook the collection of taxes, revenues, and imposts, paying a fixed (Latin firmus) sum for the proceeds, and only secondarily someone who rented land for the purpose of cultivation; it was not applied to an owner of cultivated land before the 17th century.2 Irish: Anglicized (part translated) form of Gaelic Mac an Scolóige ‘son of the husbandman’, a rare surname of northern and western Ireland.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Ellen Farmen in household of Eli Farmen, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Ellen Hawkins in household of H Hawkins, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Ellen Farmer, "United States Census, 1930"

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