Nell E. Jordan

13 May 1896–4 February 1985 (Age 88)
Nodaway, Missouri, United States

The Life of Nell E.

When Nell E. Jordan was born on 13 May 1896, in Nodaway, Missouri, United States, her father, Leonard Delware Jordan, was 27 and her mother, Lena Florence McDowell, was 29. She married Oakley LeRoy Meeker about 1925, in Nebraska, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She lived in Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska, United States in 1930 and Trenton, Grundy, Missouri, United States in 1940. She died on 4 February 1985, in Franklin, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in Maryville, Nodaway, Missouri, United States.

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Family Time Line

Oakley LeRoy Meeker
Nell E. Jordan
Marriage: about 1925
Keith Jordan Meeker

Spouse and Children

about 1925
Nebraska, United States


    Keith Jordan Meeker


Parents and Siblings

    Leonard Delware Jordan


    Lena Florence McDowell




World Events (8)

1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 2

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1904 · The World's Fair of 1904

Age 8

St. Louis hosted the 1904 World's Fair and welcomed a crowd of 200,000 visitors on opening day of April 30, 1904. The fair had exhibits from 50 countries and 43 states. Several notable inventions showcased at the fair include iced tea and the ice cream cone. By the time of its closing in December 1904, over 20 million people had visited the fair.

Age 24

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.

Name Meaning

English, French, German, Polish, and Slovenian; Spanish and Hungarian (Jordán): from the Christian baptismal name Jordan. This is taken from the name of the river Jordan (Hebrew Yarden, a derivative of yarad ‘to go down’, i.e. to the Dead Sea). At the time of the Crusades it was common practice for crusaders and pilgrims to bring back flasks of water from the river in which John the Baptist had baptized people, including Christ himself, and to use it in the christening of their own children. As a result Jordan became quite a common personal name.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Nellie Meeker in household of Oakley L Meeker, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Nell Meeker in household of O L Meeker, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Nellie Jordon in household of Leonard D Jordon, "United States Census, 1910"

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