Amelia Earhart

Amelia Mary Earhart (1897 - abt. 1937)

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Amelia Mary "Millie" Earhart aka Putnam
Born in Santa Fe, Atchison, Atchison County, Kansas, USAmap
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Wife of — married 7 Feb 1931 (to 1937) in Noank, New London, Connecticut, USAmap
Died about in near Howland Island, Phoenix Islands, USAmap
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Amelia Earhart was an aviation adventuress and hero to women, pushing boundaries and making flights throughout the 1920s and '30s.[1][2]

Young Amelia

Amelia Mary Earhart was born July 24th, 1897[1][3][4] in Kansas.[5][6][7] She was baptised October 10, 1897 at Trinity Episcopal Church, Fifth & Utah St, Atchison, Atchison County, Kansas, USA.[7] Her family later moved to Iowa[8], then on to Chicago.[citation needed]

Amelia studied at Ogontz School (a girl's finishing school), Rydal, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania in 1916[3][4][9] and later Pre-Med at Columbia University, New York City, New York in 1919.[4][3][10][9][1]

She served as a war nurse in 1917 in Spadina Military Convalescent Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[4][3][10][9][1]

By 1920, the family was in Long Beach, California. [citation needed] This is when Amelia took her first 10-minute air flight ... and loved it.[9][1]


After that first rousing flight, she wanted to learn how to fly herself. Her flight instructor was Neta Snook. Amelia worked odd jobs to pay for $1,000 lessons.[1] Six months later she purchased her own small plane, "the Canary".[9][1] By May 1923, she was only the 16th woman to be issued a pilot's license.[3]

In 1926, Amelia was working as a social worker at Denison House, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA.[10][9] While working one day in April 1928, Captain Hilton H. Railey, called Amelia to ask her, "Would you like to fly the Atlantic?" [9] She flew with two other male pilots. She left Harbour Grace, Newfoundland on June 17, 1928 and landed in the United Kingdom 20 hours and 40 minutes later.[11][9][12] She became a celebrity.[9] She was offered product endorsement deals (clothes, luggage) and wrote articles.[13] By 1927, she had 500 hours of solo flight with no incidents.[citation needed] She set many new flying records in races and distances.[9][1]

By 1930, Amelia was living in New York.[13] On February 7, 1931, she married George P. Putnam.[4][14][9][15][16] Their relationship was a partnership, focused on equality.[9] Amelia was always liberal in her thinking, and believed in equal rights for women.[9]

Amelia and George

She became an aviation pioneer for women.[1] The Boston Globe newspaper called Amelia one of the best female pilots.

Amelia made many solo flights, and taught other women to fly.[9][1] She wrote books about flying, and she was one of the founders of the "The Ninety-Nines'", an aviation organization for women.[17]

The Fateful Flight

Amelia Earhart wanted to be the first woman to fly around the world.[9][1] Using a customized Lockheed Electra June 1, 1937, she left Miami, Florida, United States with Fred Noonan.[9][1] They flew to South America, Africa, South Asia, and the Island of New Guinea.[9][1] Next was the crossing of the Pacific Ocean on July 2, 1937[3] heading for Howland Island, but they wouldn't make it to that stop.[1] The pair radioed that they were running out of gas and couldn't hear the transmissions from ITASCA, after hitting difficult weather.[9] That would be the last anyone would hear from Earhart.[9]

A massive search for the plane, Earhart, and Noonan was launched.[9][1] Searches continued until July 19th with no traces of plane or people located, and the pair were officially declared "lost at sea".[9][1][18] Amelia was declared dead January 5, 1939.[citation needed]

There are many theories of what happened to Amelia Earhart, including a recent one that insists she may have been a prisoner of war just before the outbreak of World War II in Japan, but after all this time nothing has been proven.[19][1]


Amelia has remained a hero to women for decades. There are numerous monuments to her across the United States.[9] Her hometown of Atchison, Kansas contains several, as well as scholarships and awards named for her.[9][18] There is also a lighthouse that was built in her honor on Howland Island, which was the next stop on her world journey.[9]


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 Editors, "Amelia Earhart",, 2009. Accessed 20 July 2017.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Amelia Earhart," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed July 20, 2017).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Ruth Martin Family Tree 1995 Abbreviation: Ruth Martin Family Tree 1995 Author: Chaky, Rebecca;Martin, Ruth Publication: Never Done Press, PO Box 1712, Friendswood, Texas 77549-1712, 1995
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Challiss, Harres, Martin, Tonsing, Otis, Family Tree Author: Martin, Ruth Publication: Printing Center of Texas, Fort Worth, Texas, 1979
  5. "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 20 July 2017), Amelia Earhart in household of Edwin S Earhart, Kansas City Ward 4, Wyandotte, Kansas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 157, sheet 8A, family 176, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,504.
  6. "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 20 July 2017), Amelia M Earhart in household of A G Otis, Atchison Ward 2, Atchison, Kansas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 3, sheet 14A, family 275, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 431; FHL microfilm 1,374,444.
  7. 7.0 7.1 East to the Dawn: the Life of Amelia Earhart Abbreviation: Earhart, Amelia East to the Dawn: the Life of Amel Author: Butler, Susan Publication: Addison-Wesley, Reading, Massachusetts, 1997
  8. "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 20 July 2017), Amelia M Earhart in household of Edward Earhart, Des Moines Ward 3, Polk, Iowa, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 111, sheet 7B, family 135, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 419; FHL microfilm 1,374,432.
  9. 9.00 9.01 9.02 9.03 9.04 9.05 9.06 9.07 9.08 9.09 9.10 9.11 9.12 9.13 9.14 9.15 9.16 9.17 9.18 9.19 9.20 9.21 9.22 9.23, accessed 20 Jul 2017
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 The Sound of Wings Abbreviation: Earhart Sound of Wings Author: Lovell, Mary S Publication: St. Martin's Press, New York, 1989
  11. Passenger List
  12. "New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 2 October 2015), Amelia M Earhart, 1928; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  13. 13.0 13.1 "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 20 July 2017), Amelia Earhart, Manhattan (Districts 1001-1249), New York, New York, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 1212, sheet 10B, line 51, family 145, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 1567; FHL microfilm 2,341,302.
  14. 1920 to June 4, 1935, Record Type: newspaper clippings, Subject: RuthMartin Tonsing and relatives
  15. "New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 2 October 2015), Amelia M Earhart, 1928; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  16. "Hawaii, Honolulu Passenger Lists, 1900-1953," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 30 December 2014), Amelia Putnam, 1934-1935; citing Ship , NARA microfilm publication A3422 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  17. Lovell, Mary S. (1989). The Sound of Wings: The Life of Amelia Earhart. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-1-4668-6648-5.
  18. 18.0 18.1 "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2015), Amelia Earhart, 1937; Burial, Atchison, Atchison, Kansas, United States of America, International Forest of Friendship Memorial; The memorial (6353816) no longer appears on FAG. The are two other memorials there, however. Find A Grave: Memorial #6667 and Find A Grave: Memorial #2574
  19. Holloway, Daniel, "History Investigates Amelia Earhart Doc Claims, Suspends Repeats", Variety, 19 July 2017. Accessed 20 July 2017.

See also:

  • Challiss Martin Memory Book, collection of newspaper clippings, Atchison, Kansas. Author: Tonsing, Ruth Publication: before 1967
  • Genealogical and Biographical Record of North-Eastern Kansas, Publication: Lewis Publishing Co, Chicago, 1900
  • Tonsing. Ruth Martin Photo Album, Author: Tonsing, Ruth Martin Publication: 1967 Note: This is a color photocopy of two original albums once in possession of Ruth's son, Paul Tonsing. Each photo has a typed caption with the date,location, and people listed. The order suggests that Ruth pasted the photos and typed the captions shortly after the photo was taken or sent to her
  • Reinhardt, Richard. "Aviatrix." American Heritage Vol 51, Issue 3, May/June 2000. American (Web) accessed 31 Dec 2016
  • Roberts, Gary Boyd. "Notable Mayflower Descendants: Amelia Earhart (1897-1973)", The Mayflower Descendant (Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2014) Vol. 63, Page 179-205
  • This WikiTree profile is referenced from WikiData: Q3355 Wikidata Information Reasonator enwiki Ancestors (about wikidata)

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I lived near the park in South Florida where she left from the mainland USA. There is memorial for her there. I am in awe of her courage.

Another possible wreck found.

posted 19 Feb 2019 by DrO (Pirkle) Olmstead   [thank DrO]
Amelia Earhart did many air shows in Miami, FL and was close friends with Capt. Richard J. Walters; a pilot, hot air balloon expert and owner of "Prins Valdemar" aka Miami Aquarium.

Amelia gave flying lessons to his oldest daughter, Alice L. Walters. Alice later became a well known flyer in Dade Co., FL, working also for the EAC - Southern Division from 1939 - 1941.

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My grandfather was one of Amelia’s air plane mechanics. Vincent Marshall (Kersey -531)Nicknamed Doc, because he was that good. My grandfather, Vincent Kersey also worked on other famous airlines. Thank you, Kelly (Kersey-456)
posted by Kelly Kersey
that stated that women could never be able to fly all the way across.

When she did it, it took her 14 hour and 56 minutes. No rest or breaks were able to be taken. This trip set a new record for the shortest time crossing the ocean. No one, man or woman had gone across that fast.

She set the Women's Altitude Record in October 1922 when she went up to 14,000 feet. July 1930 a new Speed Record was set when she went 181 MPH.

Every one of her many flights had someone saying she could not do it.


Meltzer, Brad, I am Amelia Earheart: Ordinary people change the world, Penguin

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
When she was growing up, she was told that girls should never have "unladylike" adventures. Girls should only play with dolls and wear dresses.

She and her sister built a personal roller coaster in the backyard, when she was 7, out of the tool shed and 2 planks of wood. They put grease on the planks and made the car out of a wooden box and roller skate wheels.

It cost 10 dollars but Frank Hawks took her on the first flight she ever took. This trip taught her she HAD to fly.

To save money for lessons, she drove truck, she also worked as a stenographer and photographer.

She bought her biplane, Canary, 6 months after she learned to fly. It was bright yellow. Her instructor was a woman nameed Netta Snook.

On the dayshe first took off to fly across the Atlantic, one magazine ran an article

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
My late sister-in-law, Betty Fae Wells Murray (Wells-10910) is a 3rd Cousin 2x removed to Amelia Mary Earhart (Earhart-1). Their 3rd Great-grandfathers were brothers. John & Zachariah, sons of Richard Tidley Wells, Sr......

Evelyn Murray McKelvey (Murray-2307)

You might be interested in this article that came out today:

UT researcher: Bones found on remote island likely those of Amelia Earhart

posted by Dorothy Barry
The year following her purchase of the Canary, she broke her first record, by being the first woman to ever reach an altitude of 14,000 feet.

Meltzer, Brad, Heroes for my Daughter, pgs 16-17 Harper Collins Publishing

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
Another quote and source:

"Please know I am quite aware of the hazards... I want to do it because I want to do it. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail their failure must be but a challenge to others."

The quote you have about interupting someone is also in this source.

Meltzer, Brad, Heroes for my son, pgs 14-15, Harper Collins Publishing

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
There is 2 more problems that I Have found, 1st; it shows that Amelia had three sisters my records on my other tree that I've been working on in shows only 1 sister. 2nd; Grace Muriel (Earhart) Morrissey and Muriel Grace Earhart ARE the same person and should be merged. As far as the Unknown Earhart I don't have any information on her
posted by Clarence Otis
Your welcome. They had the right birthday were it says born but in the bibliography it changed to 1898. I forgot to point that out when i wrote the message to begin with. Sorry about that.
posted by Clarence Otis
This used to be an abandoned profile. I adopted it and haven't had a chance to review it. Thank you

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