James H. Shortill


The Life of James H.

When James H. Shortill was born in 1870, his father, James Shortill, was 33 and his mother, Ellen Granan, was 31. He married Margaret E. Sullivan on 8 February 1902, in Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Portland Ward 5, Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States in 1910 and Falmouth, Cumberland, Maine, United States for about 20 years.

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James H. Shortill
Margaret E. Sullivan
Marriage: 8 February 1902
Ruth C Shortill
Joseph H Shortill
Elizabeth Shortill
Frances Shortill
John Shortill

Spouse & Children

  • Male1870–Male

  • Margaret E. Sullivan


8 February 1902
Portland, Cumberland, Maine, United States


  • Ruth C Shortill


  • Joseph H Shortill


  • Elizabeth Shortill


  • Frances Shortill


  • John Shortill


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World Events (8)

1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Age 0

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.
1898 · Sinking of USS Maine

Age 28

During the Cuban War for Independence, the USS Maine had been sent to Havana to look out for the interests of the United States. On February 15, 1898, at approximately 21:40, an explosion on USS Maine was caused by roughly 5 long tons of powder. The front of the ship was demolished and the remains quickly sunk to the bottom of the ocean. 260 men lost their lives in the explosion itself, with at least six more dying afterwards from related injuries. The event kicked off an atmosphere of contention that would eventually lead to the Spanish-American War.
1901 · Assassination of Mckinley

Age 31

President William McKinley was shot at the Temple of Music, in the Pan-American Exposition, while shaking hands with the public. Leon Czolgosz shot him twice in the abdomen because he thought it was his duty to do so. McKinley died after eight days of watch and care. He was the third American president to be assassinated. After his death, Congress passed legislation to officially make the Secret Service and gave them responsibility for protecting the President at all times.

Name Meaning

Anglo-Irish: possibly a nickname from Old English scort hals ‘short neck’. The name was taken to Ireland in the 13th century, where it has been Gaelicized as Soirtéil.

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

Sources (3)

  • James H Shortell, "United States Census, 1930"
  • James H Shortell, "United States Census, 1920"
  • James Shortill, "United States Census, 1910"

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