William Franklin Soper

15 August 1848–22 December 1903 (Age 55)
Wisconsin, United States

The Life of William Franklin

William Franklin Soper was born on 15 August 1848, in Wisconsin, United States as the son of William Wood Soper and Mary Ann Crawford. He married Nantilla "Tillie" Cannon on 18 February 1886, in La Porte, LaPorte, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. He lived in Dewey Township, LaPorte, Indiana, United States in 1900. He died on 22 December 1903, in Hanna, Hanna Township, LaPorte, Indiana, United States, at the age of 55, and was buried in Hanna, Hanna Township, LaPorte, Indiana, United States.

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William Franklin Soper
Nantilla "Tillie" Cannon
Marriage: 18 February 1886
Mary Soper
Murtie May Soper

Spouse and Children

18 February 1886
La Porte, LaPorte, Indiana, United States


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World Events (8)

1851 · Constitution of 1851

Age 3

Due to the state’s financial crisis during the previous decade and growing criticism toward state government. Voters approve the Constitution of 1851 which forbade the state government from going into debt.
1854 · The Creation of the Republican Party

Age 6

A debate continues over the location of the creation of the Republican Party. Some sources claim that the party was formed in Ripon, Wisconsin, on February 28, 1854. Others claim the first meeting of the Republican Party took place in Jackson, Michigan, on July 6, 1854, where the Republican Party was officially organized. Over 1,000 people were present and candidates were selected for the party, thus making it the first Republican convention.

Age 15

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

Name Meaning

English (chiefly Devon): occupational name for a soapmaker, from an agent derivative of Middle English sōpe ‘soap’ (apparently of Celtic origin). The process involved boiling oil or fat together with potash or soda.

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

Sources (3)

  • Frank W Soper, "United States Census, 1900"
  • William Soper in entry for Gust E. Millbranth and Mary Soper, "Indiana Marriages, 1780-1992"
  • William Franklin Soper, "Find A Grave Index"

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