Robert Johnson Ripley

31 December 1837–9 October 1914 (Age 76)
New York, United States

The Life of Robert Johnson

When Robert Johnson Ripley was born on 31 December 1837, in New York, United States, his father, Dr Samuel Willard Ripley, was 30 and his mother, Eunice Amelia Allen, was 26. He married Jennie E. Adams on 30 January 1866, in Fremont, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Page, Iowa, United States in 1895 and Grant Township, Page, Iowa, United States in 1900. He registered for military service in 1861. He died on 9 October 1914, in Shenandoah, Page, Iowa, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Shenandoah, Page, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Robert Johnson Ripley
Jennie E. Adams
Marriage: 30 January 1866
Eunice Amelia Ripley
Mary Emily Ripley
Dorothy Ellen Ripley
Robert William David Ripley
Charles Edwin Ripley
Jennie Diadama Ripley
Samuel W Ripley
Verne LeRoy Ripley

Spouse and Children

30 January 1866
Fremont, Iowa, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 9

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Age 9

Iowa is the 29th state.

Age 26

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

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places in different parts of England, named in Old English with ripel ‘strip of land’ + lēah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’.

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

Story Highlight

Letters to Home During the Civil War from Robert Ripley-2nd Great Grandfather

July 28, 1863 Dear Mother, Again I seat myself to write you a few more lines and to inform you that your kind letter dated June the 19th has come to hand. I was glad to hear from you and to hear th …

Sources (3)

  • Robert J Ripley, "Iowa State Census, 1895"
  • Robt J Ripley, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Robert Ripley, "Nebraska, State Census, 1885"

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