Ruth Esther Kelly

31 May 1899–7 July 1986 (Age 87)
Michigantown, Clinton, Indiana, United States

The Life of Ruth Esther

When Ruth Esther Kelly was born on 31 May 1899, in Michigantown, Clinton, Indiana, United States, her father, Ellis Oren Obern Kelly, was 23 and her mother, Maude Francis Black, was 18. She married Earl Braden Gard on 26 February 1916, in Knightstown, Henry, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She lived in Michigan Township, Clinton, Indiana, United States in 1910 and Rushville, Rush, Indiana, United States in 1930. She died on 7 July 1986, in New Castle, Henry, Indiana, United States, at the age of 87.

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Family Time Line

Earl Braden Gard
Ruth Esther Kelly
Marriage: 26 February 1916
Earl Braden Gard Jr
Virginia Marie Gard
Christine Elizabeth Gard

Spouse and Children

26 February 1916
Knightstown, Henry, Indiana, United States



    Virginia Marie Gard


    Christine Elizabeth Gard


Parents and Siblings



World Events (8)

1900 · Gold for Cash!

Age 1

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.
1906 · Gary, Indiana, Is Founded

Age 7

The town of Gary, Indiana, was founded by the United States Steel Corporation in 1906. The Gary Works steel mill was the largest integrated mill in North America. The city of Gary was named after Elbert Henry Gary who was the founding chairman of the United States Steel Corporation and American lawyer and county judge. Gary partnered with J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, and Charles M. Schwab to found the United States Steel Corporation.
1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 24

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.

Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ceallaigh ‘descendant of Ceallach’, an ancient Irish personal name, originally a byname meaning ‘bright-headed’, later understood as ‘frequenting churches’ (Irish ceall). There are several early Irish saints who bore this name. Kelly is now the most common of all Irish family names in Ireland.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Ruth E Gard in household of Earl Gard, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Ruth Gard in household of Earl Gard, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Ruth E Kelley in household of Ellis O Kelley, "United States Census, 1910"

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