Dicy Harper

June 1842–18 February 1925 (Age 82)
Tazewell, Virginia, United States

The Life of Dicy

When Dicy Harper was born in June 1842, in Tazewell, Virginia, United States, her father, William B Harper, was 25 and her mother, Nancy Louise Ratliff, was 25. She married William Abner McAtee on 24 February 1861, in Daviess, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Lincoln Township, Daviess, Missouri, United States in 1870 and Madison Township, Grundy, Missouri, United States for about 20 years. She died on 18 February 1925, in Grundy, Missouri, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Coon Creek Cemetery, Madison Township, Grundy, Missouri, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Abner McAtee
Dicy Harper
Marriage: 24 February 1861
Clifford Elsworth McAtee
Jasper Daniel McAtee
Mary Jane McAtee
John Oliver McAtee
Nancy Elizabeth McAtee
Louisa McAtee
William Arnold McAtee
Ida Madalene McAtee
Myrtle Leota McAtee

Spouse and Children

24 February 1861
Daviess, Missouri, United States


+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings




    Charlotte Harper


    Mary "Polly" Harper


    Lotty Harper



+7 More Children

World Events (8)

1844 · Lumpkin's Jail

Age 2

In 1844 when Robert Lumpkin bought land in Virginia, this would be the spot of the Infamous Slave Jail (or Lumpkin’s Jail). The slaves would be brought here during the slave trade until they were sold. Lumpkin had purchased the land for his own slave business.

Age 4

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1864 · Arlington Cemetery

Age 22

Arlington Cemetery is a military cemetery. It was originally a plantation owned by George Washington Parke Custis. This is the location of Robert E. Lee, 16,000 Civil War soldiers, William Howard Taft, John, Jackie, Robert, and Edward Kennedy. The tomb of the unknown soldier is also located here it was dedicated on November 11, 1921. It contains the remains of those soldiers unknown from WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.

Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and Irish: occupational name for a player on the harp, from an agent derivative of Middle English, Middle Dutch harp ‘harp’. The harper was one of the most important figures of a medieval baronial hall, especially in Scotland and northern England, and the office of harper was sometimes hereditary. The Scottish surname is probably an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Chruiteir ‘son of the harper’ (from Gaelic cruit ‘harp’, ‘stringed instrument’). This surname has long been present in Ireland.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Dicy McAtee in household of William McAtee, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Dicy Mcatee in household of William A Mcatee, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Dicy Mcatee in household of Wm Mcatee, "United States Census, 1880"

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