Hattie Mae Harper

18 December 1878–1 May 1953 (Age 74)
Harrison Township, Harrison, Indiana, United States

The Life of Hattie Mae

When Hattie Mae Harper was born on 18 December 1878, in Harrison Township, Harrison, Indiana, United States, her father, Edgar Clarence Harper, was 29 and her mother, Elizabeth C Douglas, was 23. She married William Nicholas Drake on 26 June 1898, in Bloomington, McLean, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Le Roy, McLean, Illinois, United States in 1900 and Bloomington Precinct, McLean, Illinois, United States in 1920. She died on 1 May 1953, in Bloomington, McLean, Illinois, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Bloomington, McLean, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Nicholas Drake
Hattie Mae Harper
Marriage: 26 June 1898
George Edgar Drake
Agnes Myrtle Drake

Spouse and Children

26 June 1898
Bloomington, McLean, Illinois, United States



    Agnes Myrtle Drake


Parents and Siblings

    Edgar Clarence Harper


    Elizabeth C Douglas




    Julia A Harper


    Harry W Harper



    Willie D Harper



+2 More Children

World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 3

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.
1885 · The First Skyscraper

Age 7

The Home Insurance Building is considered to be the first skyscraper in the world. It was supported both inside and outside by steel and metal that were deemed fireproof and also it was reinforced with concrete. It originally had ten stories but in 1891 two more were added.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 20

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and Irish: occupational name for a player on the harp, from an agent derivative of Middle English, Middle Dutch harp ‘harp’. The harper was one of the most important figures of a medieval baronial hall, especially in Scotland and northern England, and the office of harper was sometimes hereditary. The Scottish surname is probably an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Chruiteir ‘son of the harper’ (from Gaelic cruit ‘harp’, ‘stringed instrument’). This surname has long been present in Ireland.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Hattie M Harper in household of Edgar C Harper, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Hattie M Drake in household of William N Drake, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Hattie Drake in household of William Drake, "United States Census, 1920"

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