Mary W Clapper

Brief Life History of Mary W

When Mary W Clapper was born in 1854, in Fair Haven, Sterling, Cayuga, New York, United States, her father, Jacob Clapper, was 46 and her mother, Jane Chase, was 37. She married Henry E Randall on 6 June 1878, in Bunker Hill, Bunker Hill Township, Ingham, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in Sterling, Cayuga, New York, United States for about 20 years and Alaiedon Township, Ingham, Michigan, United States in 1880. She died on 29 November 1881, in Bunker Hill, Bunker Hill Township, Ingham, Michigan, United States, at the age of 27.

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Henry E Randall
Mary W Clapper
Marriage: 6 June 1878
Mary Grace Randall

Sources (15)

  • Mary Clapper in household of Jacob Clapper, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Mary W. Clapper, "Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925"
  • Mary W Randall, "Michigan Deaths, 1867-1897"

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1854 · Creation of the Republican Party

A debate continues over the location of the creation of the Republican Party. Some sources claim the party was formed in Ripon, Wisconsin, on February 28, 1854. Others claim the first meeting of the Republican Party took place in Jackson, Michigan, on July 6, 1854, where the Republican Party was officially organized. Over 1,000 people were present and candidates were selected for the party, thus making it the first Republican convention.


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

1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg

The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.

Name Meaning

English (Yorkshire): topographic name from Middle English claper, generally denoting someone who lived by a rabbit warren. In southern counties, however, it often denoted a clapper bridge, a rough or natural bridge across a stream. The Devon clapper bridge, common on Dartmoor, was made of flat stones laid across stone pillars. Alternatively, a nickname for a chatterer, from Middle English claper ‘the tongue of a bell or of a noisy person’.

Americanized form of German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) Klapper ‘chatterer’.

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

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