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Grace Muriel (Earhart) Morrissey (1899 - 1998)

Grace Muriel "Pidge" Morrissey formerly Earhart
Born in Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas, USAmap
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Wife of — married 1931 [location unknown]
Died at age 98 in Medford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USAmap
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Grace Muriel Earhart Morrissey of West Medford, Massachusetts, died in her sleep Monday, March 2, 1998 at the age of 98. Muriel, as she was known, a life-long resident of Medford, had been house-bound for several years. An educator and civil activist, she participated in many organizations and causes dedicated to helping others. Muriel Morrissey was born in Kansas City, Kansas on December 29, 1899, only 2 days before the turn of the century. She and her sister, Amelia, were the daughters of Edwin and Amy Earhart of Atchison, Kansas. As children only 2 years apart and growing up in Kansas, they were inseparable, sharing many tomboyish activities, riding horses together, loving animals, and participating in imaginative games. Muriel was a graduate of Radcliffe and taught English at Medford High School and Belmont High. She was active in politics and community affairs. Her hobbies included gardening and she was a firm believer in a daily walk, rain, sleet, or snow until recent years. Muriel Morrissey was a charter member of the Medford Zonta Club, a worldwide service organization of executive women in business and the professions, founded in 1919. She served on the School Committee, on the local Conservation Commission and in the 1980s was appointed to the Council on Aging. Muriel was active in the League of Women Voters, a long time member of The Daughters of the American Revolution and a member of the Medford Historical Society. In 1979 she was named "Citizen of the Year" by the Medford Chamber of Commerce and honored for her community participation by American Legion Post No. 45. During Muriel’s long teaching career, she published numerous articles in professional education magazines. She was a member of the Massachusetts Poetry Society and the author of several poems, including "First Day," "To AE," and "Labor-in Vain No More." In 1976, her "Bicentennial Reverie" received a Freedom Foundation Award. She wrote a poem which was read at the dedication of a new school named for her sister Amelia, and a narrative poem, "By the Gentle Flowing Mystic" as a feature of the celebration of Medford’s 350th anniversary. In 1963, Muriel wrote a biography of her sister, Courage is the Price. In 1983 she wrote and privately published The Quest of A Prince of Mystic Henry Albert Morrissey "The Chief," the biography of her beloved husband. And on the fiftieth anniversary of her sister Amelia’s disappearance Amelia, My Courageous Sister was first published. In June, 1929, Muriel married Albert Morrissey, a World War I veteran, who died in 1978. They had two children, David, now deceased, and Amy Morrissey Kleppner of Silver Spring, Maryland. Grandchildren include James Morrissey of Oakland, CA; Suzanne Morrissey of Nahant, MA; Ellen Looney of Wakefield, MA; Paul Morrissey and Caroline Morrissey of Lynn, MA; Bram Kleppner of Burlington, VT and Caleb Kleppner of Mill Valley, CA. Services to celebrate the life of Muriel Morrissey were held at Grace Episcopal Church, Medford, Massachusetts. Carol L. OsborneAviation Historian Ninety-Nines, Inc [1]


Name: Muriel Grace /Earhart/ [2]
Name: Pidge //
Name: Grace M /Earhart/ [3][4]


Date: 29 DEC 1899
Place: , , Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas, USA[5][6][7]


Date: 02 MAR 1998
Place: , , Medford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA[8][9]


Date: AFT 1924
Place: , , Medford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA[10]
Quality or Certainty of Data: 1
Date: 1930
Place: , , Medford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA[11]
Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
Place: , , West Medford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Place: , , Medford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA[12]
Quality or Certainty of Data: 1


Date: 1963
Note: author of Courage is the Price: The Life of Amelia Earhart[13]


Place: Harvard University, , Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Note: Ed.M. degree[14]


Occupation: a high school teacher[15]


Wife: Muriel Grace Earhart
Date: ABT 1925[16][17]
Husband: Edwin Stanton Earhart
Wife: Amelia Otis
Child: UNKNOWN Earhart
Child: Amelia Mary Earhart
Child: Muriel Grace Earhart
Type: Misc
Date: JUN 1890
Place: , 223 North Terrace (was N. 1st), SW corner 1st & Santa Fe, Atchison, Atchison County, Kansas, USA
Note: Amy's coming-out party[18]
Date: 16 OCT 1895
Place: Trinity Episcopal Church, Fifth & Utah St, Atchison, Atchison County, Kansas, USA[19][20][21]
Date: 16 OCT 1895
Place: , , , Wyandotte County, Kansas, USA[22]
Date: ABT JUL 1924[23][24]


  1. Information entered by Clarence Otis from his tree on (Member cotis83) Friday August 15, 2014
  2. Source: #S291 Page: 28
  3. Source: #S1439 Page: Edward Earhart household, Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 111, dwelling129, family 135
  4. Source: #S1440 Page: Edwin S Earhart household, Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 157, dwelling156, family 176
  5. Source: #S102 Page: 030-32-1904
  6. Source: #S1439 Page: Edward Earhart household, Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 111, dwelling129, family 135
  7. Source: #S1440 Page: Edwin S Earhart household, Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 157, dwelling156, family 176
  8. Source: #S244
  9. Source: #S102 Page: 030-32-1904
  10. Source: #S4 Page: 87
  11. Source: #S512 Page: 155, Wednesday, September 24, 1930
  12. Source: #S244
  13. Source: #S5 Page: 133-138
  14. Source: #S4 Page: 90
  15. Source: #S4 Page: 92
  16. Source: #S5 Page: 133-138
  17. Source: #S4 Page: 90
  18. Source: #S291 Page: 20
  19. Source: #S291 Page: 24
  20. Source: #S281 Page: 27
  21. Source: #S1439 Page: Edward Earhart household, Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 111, dwelling129, family 135
  22. Source: #S2573 Page: Groom's Name: Edwin Stnaton Earhart Groom's Birth Date: 1867 Groom'sBirthplace: Of Wyandotte Co., Kans. Groom's Age: 28 Bride's Name: AmyOtis Bride's Birth Date: 1871 Bride's Birthplace: Of Atchison Co., Kans.Bride's Age: 24 Marriage Date: 16 Oct 1895 Marriage Place: WyandotteCo., Kansas Groom's Father's Name: Groom's Mother's Name: Bride'sFather's Name: Bride's Mother's Name: Groom's Race: Groom's MaritalStatus: Groom's Previous Wife's Name: Bride's Race: Bride's MaritalStatus: Bride's Previous Husband's Name: Indexing Project (Batch)Number: M74353-1 System Origin: Kansas-EASy Source Film Number: 1601509Reference Number: Mar Kan. V,9 10 11
  23. Source: #S5 Page: 133-138
  24. Source: #S4 Page: 87
  • Find A Grave: Memorial #198910682
  • WikiTree profile Earhart-36 created through the import of Wikitree.ged on Mar 31, 2012 by Rick Tonsing. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Rick and others.
  • Source: S102 Title: Social Security Death Index Interactive Search, Record Type: databaseonline, Url: http:/ Abbreviation: USA Social Security Death Index Interactive Search
  • Repository: R161 Name: RootsWeb
  • Source: S1439 Title: United States. 1910 U.S. Census Population Schedule, Polk County, Iowa,National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC,micropublication film T-624 roll 419, Record Type: U.S. Census(Population Schedule), Location: Polk County, Iowa, Film: film T-624roll 419 Abbreviation: IA Polk 1910 419 Publication: 1910
  • Source: S1440 Title: United States. 1900 U.S. Census Population Schedule, Wyandotte County,Kansas, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC,micropublication T-623 roll 504, Record Type: U.S. Census (PopulationSchedule), Location: Wyandotte County, Kansas, Film: T-623 roll 504 Abbreviation: KS Wyandotte 1900 504 Publication: 1900
  • Source: S244 Title: Globe, Location: Boston
  • Source: S2573 Title: Kansas Marriages, 1840-1935, Record Type: [database online], Location:Salt Lake City, Utah, Url: Abbreviation: KS Marriages, 1840-1935 Note: "Kansas Marriages, 1840-1935," database, "FamilySearch"( Index includes the IGI, digital copies oforiginal records, and compiled records. FHL digital and microfilmcopies. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Source: S281 Title: Genealogical and Biographical Record of North-Eastern Kansas Abbreviation: KS NE Genealogical and Biographical Record of Nort Publication: Lewis Publishing Co, Chicago, 1900
  • Source: S291 Title: 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
  • Source: S4 Title: Family Tree: Challiss, Harres, Martin, Tonsing, Otis, Url: Abbreviation: Challiss, Harres, Martin, Tonsing, Otis Family Tre Author: Martin, Ruth Publication: Printing Center of Texas, Fort Worth, Texas, 1979
  • Source: S5 Title: 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
  • Source: S512 Title: 1920 to June 4, 1935, Record Type: newspaper clippings, Subject: RuthMartin Tonsing and relatives Abbreviation: Tonsing, Ruth Martin 1920 to June 4, 1935

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Earhart-36 and Earhart-3 appear to represent the same person because: They are the same person, Ihad posted comments on both that they were the same and needed to be merged some time ago
posted by Clarence Otis

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