Harriet Jane Martin

31 January 1891–January 1987 (Age 95)
Camroden, Floyd, Oneida, New York, United States

The Life of Harriet Jane

When Harriet Jane Martin was born on 31 January 1891, in Camroden, Floyd, Oneida, New York, United States, her father, John Peter Martin, was 26 and her mother, Carrie Curtis Smith, was 23. She married Leon Edward Ryker on 9 April 1915, in Oneida, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. She lived in Canastota, Lenox, Madison, New York, United States in 1920 and Buffalo, Erie, New York, United States in 1940. She died in January 1987, in Erie, New York, United States, at the age of 96.

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Leon Edward Ryker
Harriet Jane Martin
Marriage: 9 April 1915
Marion Ryker
Helen Ryker

Spouse and Children

9 April 1915
Oneida, New York, United States


    Marion Ryker


    Helen Ryker


Parents and Siblings



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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 5

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 7

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 25

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

Name Meaning

1 English, Scottish, Irish, French, Dutch, German, Czech, Slovak, Spanish (Martín), Italian (Venice), etc.: from a personal name (Latin Martinus, a derivative of Mars, genitive Martis, the Roman god of fertility and war, whose name may derive ultimately from a root mar ‘gleam’). This was borne by a famous 4th-century saint, Martin of Tours, and consequently became extremely popular throughout Europe in the Middle Ages. As a North American surname, this form has absorbed many cognates from other European forms.2 English: habitational name from any of several places so called, principally in Hampshire, Lincolnshire, and Worcestershire, named in Old English as ‘settlement by a lake’ (from mere or mær ‘pool’, ‘lake’ + tūn ‘settlement’) or as ‘settlement by a boundary’ (from (ge)mære ‘boundary’ + tūn ‘settlement’). The place name has been charged from Marton under the influence of the personal name Martin.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Harriett Ryker in household of Leon Ryker, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Hattie Ryker in household of Leon Ryker, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Hattie Martin in household of John P Martin, "United States Census, 1910"

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