Mary Ellen Williams

29 April 1856–17 June 1953 (Age 97)
Oakland City, Gibson, Indiana, United States

The Life of Mary Ellen

When Mary Ellen Williams was born on 29 April 1856, in Oakland City, Gibson, Indiana, United States, her father, Samuel A. Williams, was 35 and her mother, Francis Jane Wallace, was 31. She married William Alexander Harper on 12 December 1878, in Gibson, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Columbia Township, Gibson, Indiana, United States for about 50 years and Oakland, Salem, New Jersey, United States in 1947. She died on 17 June 1953, in Princeton, Patoka Township, Gibson, Indiana, United States, at the age of 97.

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Family Time Line

William Alexander Harper
Mary Ellen Williams
Marriage: 12 December 1878
Elmer Elwood Harper
Lennis Dorr Harper
Howard Henry Harper
Mary Ethel Harper

Spouse and Children

    William Alexander Harper



12 December 1878
Gibson, Indiana, United States


Parents and Siblings


    Francis Jane Wallace




    Elvira Williams


    Thomas J. Williams


    John D. Williams


    William A. Williams


    Elizabeth Ann Williams


+11 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 5

No Civil War battles took place within the state boundaries of New Jersey, but its citizens participated extensively in the war. Volunteers that were turned away ended up serving in the militias of nearby states like Pennsylvania and New York. Whenever President Lincoln requested more troops, New Jersey responded quickly. In total, the state contributed over 88,000 soldiers (6,000 of which died).

Age 7

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1882 · The Chinese Exclusion Act

Age 26

A federal law prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The Act was the first law to prevent all members of a national group from immigrating to the United States.

Name Meaning

English (also very common in Wales): patronymic from William .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Mary E Williams in household of Samuel A Williams, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Mary Harper in household of W A Harper, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Mary E Harper in household of William A Harper, "United States Census, 1900"

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