Purletha Jane Keller

20 September 1857–19 November 1907 (Age 50)
Jonesboro, Union, Illinois, United States

The Life of Purletha Jane

When Purletha Jane Keller was born on 20 September 1857, in Jonesboro, Union, Illinois, United States, her father, William Franklin Keller, was 28 and her mother, Emaline Keller, was 22. She married Samuel S Bennett on 14 January 1880, in Newton, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. She lived in Buffalo Township, Newton, Missouri, United States in 1900 and Dongola, Union, Illinois, United States in 1920. She died on 19 November 1907, in Seneca, Newton, Missouri, United States, at the age of 50, and was buried in Seneca, Newton, Missouri, United States.

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Family Time Line

Samuel S Bennett
Purletha Jane Keller
Marriage: 14 January 1880
Ila Jane Josephine Bennett
Ella Bennett

Spouse and Children

14 January 1880
Newton, Missouri, United States


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World Events (8)

1858 · A House Divided

Age 1

Abraham Lincoln's goal was to be different than the previous Senators of Illinois and voice his opinion in how he saw the State and the United States start to drift apart in the different ideology on what was right and what was wrong. Even though it would become an unsuccessful campaign strategy to win the senate seat, to this day it is one of the most famous speeches of US politics.

Age 6

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

Age 14

In 1871, a cow kicked over a lantern, causing a fire that burned down half of Chicago. Today this city is the third largest in the US.

Name Meaning

1 German: from Middle High German kellaere ‘cellarman’, ‘cellar master’ (Latin cellarius, denoting the keeper of the cella ‘store chamber’, ‘pantry’). Hence an occupational name for the overseer of the stores, accounts, or household in general in, for example, a monastery or castle. Kellers were important as trusted stewards in a great household, and in some cases were promoted to ministerial rank. The surname is widespread throughout central Europe.2 English: either an occupational name for a maker of caps or cauls, from Middle English kellere, or an occupational name for an executioner, from Old English cwellere.3 Irish: reduced form of Kelleher .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Perlethia Bennett in household of Samuel Bennett, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Jane Keller in household of Frank Keller, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Perletha Keller in household of Franklin Keller, "United States Census, 1860"

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