Mary M Puffer

5 November 1829–31 March 1906 (Age 76)
Abington, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Mary M

When Mary M Puffer was born on 5 November 1829, in Abington, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States, her father, John Puffer, was 31 and her mother, Abigail Studley Crocker, was 25. She married Melzar Keene on 11 October 1848. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Sumner, Oxford, Maine, United States in 1880. She died on 31 March 1906, in Hartford, Oxford, Maine, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in East Sumner, Sumner, Oxford, Maine, United States.

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Melzar Keene
Mary M Puffer
Marriage: 11 October 1848
John P. Keene
Mary Nettie Keene
Frederick Warren Keene
Jennie Harwood Keene

Spouse and Children

    Melzar Keene



11 October 1848


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World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 1

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.
1832 · Calais Branch is Chartered

Age 3

The State of Maine chartered the Calais Railway in 1832, one of the first railway charters to be granted by the state. Construction was very long, as the project was reorganized, abandoned, transferred to other companies, and extended several times. It was finally completed in 1898.
1851 · First State to Attempt Prohibition

Age 22

"In 1851, Maine outlawed the sale of alcohol, allowing exceptions only for ""medicinal, mechanical, and manufacturing purposes"". This made Maine the first state to experiment with prohibition. Neal Dow, mayor of Portland, believed that alcohol was linked to slavery and was also convinced by the Christian temperance movement. Dow ran into problems later for his anti-immigration rhetoric against the Irish, and also for breaking his own prohibition laws; although not a designated ""purchaser"", Dow personally purchased alcohol to distribute to local doctors, violating a technicality. As the citizens turned against him, Dow eventually ordered soldiers to fire on protesters. This marked a sharp decline in Dow's political career, and the Maine Law was repealed by 1856. Aspects of the law would remain in tact, however, and ultimately paved the way for the 18th Amendment, which prohibited alcohol on the national level."

Name Meaning

German: variant of Puff 2.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Mary M Keen in household of Melzar Keen, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Mary M. Puffer, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915"
  • Mary M. Puffer, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915"

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