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Ancestry of Amelia Earhart

Family Tree of the Famous American Aviator


American Aviatrix Amelia Earhart. Photo by FPG/Getty Images.

American aviator Amelia Earhart (1897 - 1837) poses for a portrait about 1928.

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Amelia Earhart and her sister Muriel c. 1900. Photo by FPG/Getty Images.

American aviator Amelia Earhart (1897 - 1837) (right) with her little sister Muriel (1899 - 1998) about 1900.

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One of the world's most celebrated aviators, Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas on July 24, 1897. The daughter of a railroad company attorney, she lived with her maternal grandparents in Atchison until the age of 12. She then moved around with her family for several years, living in Des Moine, Iowa; Chicago, Illinois; and Medford, Massachusetts.

Amelia saw her first airplane in 1908 at the Iowa State Fair, but her love of flying lay dormant until Christmas Day 1920, when her father took her to the opening of a new airfield in Long Beach, CA. Three days later, she took her first ride with barnstormer Frank M. Hawks. Amelia Earhart set several aviation records, including the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, before disappearing over the Pacific on an around-the-world flight in 1937.

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First Generation:

1. Amelia Mary EARHART was born 24 Jul 1897 in Atchison, Atchison County, Kansas, to Edwin Stanton Earhart and Amelia "Amy" Otis in the home of her maternal grandparents.1 Amelia Earhart married George Palmer Putman, born 7 September 1887 in Rye, Westchester County, New York, on 7 Feb 1931 in Noank, New London County, Connecticut.2 Amelia died after 2 Jul 1937 in on a pioneering flight around the world, and was declared legally dead on 1 January 1939.3

Second Generation (Parents):

2. Edwin Stanton EARHART was born on 28 Mar 1867 in Atchison, Kansas to the Rev. David Earhart Jr. and Mary Wells Patton.3 Edwin Stanton EARHART and Amelia OTIS were married on 18 Oct 1895 in Trinity Church, Atchison, Kansas.4 After a brief separation during 1915, the Earharts reunited in Kansas City in 1916 and moved to Los Angeles, although Edwin and Amy eventually divorced in 1924.5  Edwin S. Earhart married a second time to Annie Mary "Helen" McPherson on 26 August 1926 in Los Angeles.6 Edwin died on 23 Sep 1930 in Los Angeles, California.7

3. Amelia (Amy) OTIS was born about March 1869 in Atchison, Kansas, to Judge Alfred G. and Amelia (Harres) Otis.8 She died on 29 Oct 1962 in Medford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, at the age of 95.9

Edwin Stanton EARHART and Amelia (Amy) OTIS had the following children:

i. Infant EARHART was born and died in Aug 1896.10
1 ii. Amelia Mary EARHART
iii. Grace Muriel EARHART was born 29 Dec 1899 in Kansas City, Clay County, Missouri and died 2 March 1998 in Medford, Massachusetts. In June 1929, Muriel married World War I veteran Albert Morrissey, who died in 1978.11

Generation 3 > Grandparents of Amelia Earhart


1. "Biography of Amelia Earhart," Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum (http://www.ameliaearhartmuseum.org/AmeliaEarhart/AEBiography.htm : accessed 11 May 2014). Donald M. Goldstein and Katherine V. Dillon, Amelia: The Centennial Biography of an Aviation Pioneer (Washington, D.C.: Brassey's, 1997), p. 8.

2. For birth of George see "U.S. Passport Applications, 1795–1925," database and images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 May 2014), George Palmer Putnam application, c. 114883, 1919; citing Passport Applications, January 2, 1906–March 31, 1925General Records of the Department of State, Record Group 59, National Archive microfilm publication M1490, roll 0904. For marriage see "Amelia Earhart Weds G. P. Putnam," The New York Times, 8 February 1931, page 1, col. 2. 

3. "Navy Ends Search for Miss Earhart," The New York Times, 19 July 1937, page 1, col. 5. Goldstein & Dillon, Amelia: The Centennial Biography, 264.

4. "Kansas, Marriages, 1840-1935," database, FamilySearch.org (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 11 May 2014), Earhart-Otis marriage, 16 October 1895; citing FHL film 1,601,509. "Mr. and Mrs. Earhart," Kansas City Daily Gazette, Kansas, 18 October 1895, page 1, col. 1; Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : accessed 11 May 2014).

5. Radcliffe College, "Earhart, Amy Otis, 1869-1962. Papers, 1884-1987: A Finding Aid," online, Harvard University Library OASIS (http://oasis.lib.harvard.edu/oasis/deliver/~sch00227 : accessed 11 May 2014).

6. Los Angeles County, California, Marriage Licenses, Vol. 680:142, Earhart-McPherson; digital images, "California, County Marriages, 1850–1952," FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 11 May 2014); citing FHL film 2,074,627. 1930 U.S. census, Los Angeles County, California, population schedule, Los Angeles AD 54, enumeration district (ED) 19–668, sheet 25B, dwelling 338, family 346, Edwin S. Earhart household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 April 2014); citing NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 161

7. "California, Death Index, 1905-1939," database and images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 May 2014), Edwin S. Earhart. 

8. 1870 U.S. census, Atchison County, Kansas, population schedule, Atchison Ward 2, pages 8–9 (penned), dwelling 62, family 62, Alfred G. Otis household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 April 2014); citing NARA microfilm publication M593, roll 4281900 U.S. census, Wyandotte County, Kansas, population schedule, Kansas City Ward 4, enumeration district (ED) 157, sheet 8A, dwelling 156, family 176, Edwin S. Earhart household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 April 2014); citing NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 504.

9. "Private Services Set for Mrs. Amy Earhart," Boston Traveler, 30 October 1962, page 62, col. 1. "Amy Earhart Dies at 95," The Atchison Daily Globe, 30 October 1962, page 1, col. 2.

10. Goldstein & Dillon, Amelia: The Centennial Biography, 8.

11. "Grace Muriel Earhart Morrissey," The Ninety-Nines, Inc. (http://www.ninety-nines.org/index.cfm/grace_muriel_earhart_morrissey.htm : accessed 11 May 2014). 1900 U.S. census, Wyandotte, Kansas, pop. sch., ED 157, sheet 8A, dwell. 156, fam. 176, Edwin S. Earhart household.

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