Helen Louise Virgil

1862–1949 (Age 86)
New York, United States

The Life of Helen Louise

When Helen Louise Virgil was born on 27 December 1862, in New York, United States, her father, Benjamin W. Virgil, was 39 and her mother, Helen Steele, was 27. She married Wright Gardner in 1880, in New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She lived in Judicial Township 7, Santa Barbara, California, United States in 1900 and Perris, Riverside, California, United States in 1910. She died on 21 September 1949, in Santa Barbara, California, United States, at the age of 86.

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Helen Louise Virgil
Wright Gardner
Marriage: 1880
Charles Virgil Gardner
Helen S Gardner
Louise W Gardner

Spouse & Children

New York, United States


  • Male1881–1947Male

  • Helen S Gardner


  • Louise W Gardner


Parents & Siblings

  • Benjamin W. Virgil


  • Helen Steele




World Events (8)


Age 1

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1869 · Transcontinental Railroad Reaches San Francisco

Age 7

The first transcontinental railroad reached San Francisco in 1869. The Western Pacific Railroad Company built the track from Oakland to Sacramento. The Central Pacific Railroad Company of California built the section from Sacramento to Promontory Summit Utah. The railroad linked isolated California to the rest of the country which had far-reaching effects on the social and economical development of the state.

Age 24

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

Name Meaning

From the personal name Virgil, a vernacular form of the Latin personal name Vergilius, Virgilius, which was probably of Etruscan origin. The name is famous in particular as that of the Latin poet Publius Vergilius Maro ( 70–19 bc ), author of the Aeneid. Virgil was much admired in medieval Europe; there were attempts to make him into an honorary Christian (even though he actually lived before the time of Christ), and Dante made him his guide through the Inferno and Purgatorio, a model of classical moderation and reason. This was also the name of an early saint, a 6th-century bishop of Arles. The forename is popular mainly in the U.S., and it is possible that the surname was coined here in at least some cases.

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Helen Gardner in household of Helen S Walker, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Helen L Gardner in household of Wright Gardner, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Virgil in entry for Charles Virgil Gardner, "California Death Index, 1940-1997"

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