Mary Averill Kelley

Brief Life History of Mary Averill

When Mary Averill Kelley was born on 5 March 1915, in Neosho, Newton, Missouri, United States, her father, John Hiram Kelley, was 39 and her mother, Josephine Evaline Whittington, was 32. She lived in Buffalo Township, Newton, Missouri, United States for about 10 years. She died on 12 June 1987, in Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 72.

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Mary Averill Kelley

Sources (7)

  • Arril M Or Avril M Kelly in household of John H Kelly, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Mary Averill Kelley, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"
  • Mary Averill Kelley Bowman, "Find A Grave Index"

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1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.


U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.

1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Alcatraz Island officially became Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on August 11, 1934. The island is situated in the middle of frigid water and strong currents of the San Francisco Bay, which deemed it virtually inescapable. Alcatraz became known as the toughest prison in America and was seen as a “last resort prison.” Therefore, Alcatraz housed some of America’s most notorious prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. Due to the exorbitant cost of running the prison, and the deterioration of the buildings due to salt spray, Alcatraz Island closed as a penitentiary on March 21, 1963. 

Name Meaning

Irish (Offaly) and English: variant of Kelly .

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

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