Sylvia Jane Harper

18 June 1828–18 May 1933 (Age 104)
Claiborne, Tennessee, United States

The Life of Sylvia Jane

When Sylvia Jane Harper was born on 18 June 1828, in Claiborne, Tennessee, United States, her father, John Calloway Harper, was 40 and her mother, Sarah Hurst, was 38. She married Willis Moore on 4 September 1848, in Princeton, Mercer, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. She lived in Lewis, Washington, United States in 1880 and Boistfort, Lewis, Washington, United States for about 20 years. She died on 18 May 1933, in Puyallup, Pierce, Washington, United States, at the age of 104, and was buried in Boistfort Cemetery, Boistfort, Lewis, Washington, United States.

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Alexis George Wilson
Sylvia Jane Harper
Marriage: 3 August 1853
Melissa Catherine Wilson
Matilda F Wilson
Alice Emily Wilson
Evelyn or Alice Wilson
John C. Wilson
Eliza Jane Wilson
George W. Wilson
Evelyn Wilson

Spouse and Children

3 August 1853
Princeton, Mercer, Missouri, United States


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World Events (8)

1829 · Missouri State Library

Age 1

The first Missouri State Library was established by law on January 22, 1829. This law was created due to the large amount of public documents which had been collected in the office of Missouri's secretary of state. The library included documentation of the actions of the Missouri senate and house. The documents were cataloged and made available to the public. The public had access to any of the books in the library from sunup to sundown on any day except Sunday.
1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 2

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

Age 32

In 1860, the Pony Express used men riding on horseback to carry mail between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California.

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)

  • Liza Moore in household of Willis Moore, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Sylvia J Wilson in household of Rachel Mccarty, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Sylbia Wilson in household of George Wilson, "United States Census, 1900"

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