Robert Joseph Harper

about 9 April 1893–29 October 1962 (Age 69)
Ashland, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of Robert Joseph

When Robert Joseph Harper was born about 9 April 1893, in Ashland, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Harry C. Harper, was 28 and his mother, Catherine G. Garner, was 26. He married Leah Marie Granzow on 20 February 1918, in Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. He died on 29 October 1962, in Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 69.

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Robert Joseph Harper
Leah Marie Granzow
Marriage: 20 February 1918

Spouse and Children

20 February 1918
Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Parents and Siblings

    Harry C. Harper


    Catherine G. Garner




World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 3

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.
1905 · The Movie Theater

Age 12

The world’s first movie theater was located in Pittsburgh. It was referred to as a nickelodeon as at the time it only cost 5 cents to get in. 
1912 · The Girl Scouts

Age 19

Like the Boy Scouts of America, The Girl Scouts is a youth organization for girls in the United States. Its purpose is to prepare girls to empower themselves and by acquiring practical skills.

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)

  • Harper, "Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Marriage Indexes, 1885-1951"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Robert Joseph Harper - Government record: birth-name: Robert Joseph Harper
  • U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963 - Robert J. Harper (1893-1962) -

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