Harriet Emily Short

5 October 1855–19 June 1954 (Age 98)
Seward, Winnebago, Illinois, United States

The Life of Harriet Emily

When Harriet Emily Short was born on 5 October 1855, in Seward, Winnebago, Illinois, United States, her father, Robert Short, was 38 and her mother, Mary Beckey Sargent, was 36. She married William Micajah Neely on 10 April 1874, in Seward, Winnebago, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Seward Township, Winnebago, Illinois, United States for about 40 years. She died on 19 June 1954, in Seward, Winnebago, Illinois, United States, at the age of 98, and was buried in Pecatonica, Winnebago, Illinois, United States.

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William Micajah Neely
Harriet Emily Short
Marriage: 10 April 1874
Robert Short Neely
William Charles Neely
Mary Amanda Neely
John Lynde Neely

Spouse and Children

    William Micajah Neely



10 April 1874
Seward, Winnebago, Illinois, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Robert Short


    Mary Beckey Sargent




    Amanda A. Short


    Mary E. Short


    Robert Edwin Short



World Events (8)

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 1

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Age 8

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 26

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

1 English: nickname from Middle English schort ‘short’.2 Scottish and northern Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Gheairr, Mac an Ghirr‘son of the short man’ ( see McGirr ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Harriet S Neeley in household of William M Neeley, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Harriet S Neely in household of William M Neely, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Harriet Short in household of Mary B Short, "United States Census, 1870"

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