Helen Keller

Helen Adams Keller (1880 - 1968)

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Helen Adams Keller
Born in Tuscumbia, Colbert County, Alabama, USAmap
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Died in Easton, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USAmap
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Biography

Helen Keller, who was blind and deaf, was a prominent activist for the physically disabled.

Helen Adams Keller was born 27 June 1880 to Arthur H. Keller and Kate Adams Keller.[1] She appeared in the 1900 census for Tuscumbia, Colbert County, Alabama in her mother's household as a student.[2] She also appears as a boarder in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts in Sarah Fosdick's house while she was attending school.[3] Her known tutor Annie Sullivan is residing in the same house. [4]

In 1910 she is residing as a boarder in the household of John A. Macy on East Street in Wrentham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts where her occupation is listed as author.[5] It should be noted that John A. Macy and Anne Sullivan were married 2 May 1905 in Wrentham[6] so Helen continued to reside with her teacher. By 1920 Helen, now an author and lecturer, moved to 25 Seminole in Forest Township of Queens County, New York, bringing the Macy family along with her.[7] She arrived in New York, having departed from the same port, on 18 July 1929 aboard the Seminole.[8] It should be noted a location of Halifax, Canada was crossed out on the sheet and replaced by New York, so it seems more probable Helen and Anne Macy, who is listed on the next page, were arriving from Nova Scotia. She resides at 93 112th Street in Forest Hill Township of Queens County in 1930 with Anne Sullivan Macy continuing to live with her.[9] She arrived in New York from Southampton, England on 3 October 1930 aboard the President Roosevelt.[10] She arrived in New York from the port of Cherbourg, France on 10 October 1931.[11] She arrived in New York from the port of Southampton, England on 7 October 1932 aboard the President Roosevelt.[12] She arrived in New York from Southampton, England on 28 September 1934 aboard the President Harding.[13] She continued to reside in Forest Hills, Queen County, New York in 1935.[14] She arrived in New York aboard the Toloa, having embarked at Kingston, Jamaica, on 23 October 1935.[15] On 9 February 1937, Helen arrived in New York from Le Havre, France aboard the Champlain.[16]

By 1940, she along with her secretary Polly Thompson moved to the town of Easton in Fairfield County, Connecticut, where she resided on Westport Road.[17] She arrived by American Airways from London, England on 20 January 1946 in New York.[18] She appeared on a passenger manifest for Australian National Airways, traveling from San Francisco to Sydney on 25 March 1948 where she was speaking for the Royal Blind Institute.[19] She arrived at the port of Seattle from Yokohama, Japan aboard the David C. Shanks on 8 November 1948.[20] She arrived at the port of New York from Le Havre, France on 12 July 1950.[21] Helen and her secretary Mary Agnes "Polly" Thompson arrived in New York from Cape Town, South Africa on 11 June 1951.[22] On 14 June 1956, Helen arrived in New York from Genoa, Italy aboard the Independence.[23]

Helen died 1 June 1968 in Easton, Fairfield County, Connecticut at the age of eighty-seven.[24]

Her cremated remains were interred in the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

Tutored by Anne Sullivan

Research Notes

Helen Keller appears twice in the 1900 US Census, once while at school in Massachusetts on June 1st, and a second time at her family home in Alabama on June 25th.

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  1. "U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007," database, Ancestry (http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?_phsrc=MjG588&_phstart=successSource&usePUBJs=true&gss=angs-g&new=1&rank=1&msT=1&gsfn=Helen&gsfn_x=0&gsln=Keller&gsln_x=0&msypn__ftp=Colbert%20County,%20Alabama,%20USA&msypn=694&msypn_PInfo=7-%7C0%7C1652393%7C0%7C2%7C0%7C3%7C0%7C694%7C0%7C0%7C&MSAV=0&msbdy=1880&cp=0&catbucket=rstp&pcat=ROOT_CATEGORY&h=9689156&db=Numident&indiv=1&ml_rpos=17 : accessed 27 June 2016); citing Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007.
  2. 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Colbert County, Alabama, population schedule, Tuscumbia, SD 5, ED 1, p. 237A (stamped, p. 17B (written), dwelling 216, family 227, lines 53-58, Kate Keller household; digital image, Family Search (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-6XS9-9WX : accessed 27 June 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T623, roll 9.
  3. 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Cambridge, ED 674, p. 1A (stamped and written), dwelling 2, family 2, 128 Brattle Street, Sarah A. Fosdick household; digital image, Family Search (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-DCQW-33W : accessed 27 June 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T623, roll 656.
  4. 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Cambridge, ED 674, p. 1A (stamped and written), dwelling 2, family 2, 128 Brattle Street, Sarah A. Fosdick household; digital image, Family Search (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-DCQW-33W : accessed 27 June 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T623, roll 656.
  5. 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Wrentham, SD 119, ED 1170, p. 235A (stamped), sheet 19A (written), dwelling 201, family 209, East Street, John A. Macy household; digital image, Family Search (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9RK3-98R : accessed 27 June 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T624, roll 623.
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  7. 1920 U.S. Federal Census, Queens County, population schedule, Forest Hill Township, SD 4, ED 447, p. 261B (stamped), sheet 1B (written), dwelling 22, family 22, Helen Keller household; digital image, Family Search (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9RX6-4R2 : accessed 27 June 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T625, roll 1237.
  8. "New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957," database with images, Family Search (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-G5HM-2B3 : accessed 27 June 2016); citing National Archives and Record administration microfilm publication T715, Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1897-1957, roll 4537, p. 5, line 18.
  9. 1930 U.S. Federal Census, Queens County, New York, population schedule, Forest Hills Township, Ward 6, Block E, SD 35, ED 1547, p. 91A (stamped), sheet 5A (written), dwelling 52, family 52, Helen A. Keller household; digital image, Family Search (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GRC9-9N4 : accessed 27 June 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T626, roll 1610.
  10. "New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957," database with images, Family Search (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-G5HZ-SJG : accessed 27 June 2016); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm publication T715, Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1897-1957, roll 4842, p. 13, line 7.
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  14. 1940 U.S. Federal Census, Fairfield County, Connecticut, population schedule, Easton, SD 4, ED 35, p. 85A (stamped), sheet 11A (written), visit 235, Westport Road, Helen Keller household; digital image, Family Search (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L9M1-679C : accessed 27 June 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T627, roll 495.
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  17. 1940 U.S. Federal Census, Fairfield County, Connecticut, population schedule, Easton, SD 4, ED 35, p. 85A (stamped), sheet 11A (written), visit 235, Westport Road, Helen Keller household; digital image, Family Search (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L9M1-679C : accessed 27 June 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T627, roll 495.
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  • "United States Census, 1930", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X45J-BHQ : 25 November 2015), Helen Keller, 1930.

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Helen and Janine are 8th cousins once removed
Although she was the first deaf and blind person to graduate with a degree, she has not been the last. She wrote 12 books as well as going and visiting 34 different countries and fought to make sure others with disabilities would find less problems and have more help.

She fought for equalities in other areas too such as helping the poor and giving women the vote.

Source:

Meltzer, Brad, I am Helen Keller, Ordinary People Change the World Series, Penguin

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
She would get so frustrated and upset. One day Anne was trying to teach her mug and water. She got so upset she threw her doll down and it got smashed up. It was this fight between them that ultimately taught Helen that everything had a name and got her excited to find that word for everything.

At 9 she convince Anne to teach her how to actually speak. Despite worrying that it would overload and frustrate Helen, Anne took her to Sarah Fuller. She taught Helen by letting helen put her hands to her mouth and face while she spoke. It took her an hour to lear M, P, A, S, T and I.

She learned French and German as well as the english, as she grew up. She wanted to go to Radcliffe at Harvard and would not give up. She attended that very school. Anne had to spell the textbooks in her hand.

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
She was born just like any child. By 1 year old, she could talk very well, walk and was very smart. At 19 months old, she got very sick and that sickness made her deaf and blind.

Even her own family called her a monster because they did not know how to live with someone who was disabled like that. At the age of 5 she had figured out ways to "be heard". Such ways included motioning putting glasses on for her father, because he wore glasses, and sucking her thumb to "say" she was talking about her baby sister. She would shiver like she was cold when she wanted ice cream.

When she was five, everyone around them told her parents that she would never be good for anything and to give up on her. At 6 her mom brought Anne Sulivan to their home.

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
... or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit."

Meltzer, Brad, Heroes for my Daughter, pgs 10-11, Harper Collins Publishing

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
At one point, she felt the movements of Anne's mouth and spelled out "I want to talk with my mouth" Anne was unsure at first but she learned so well that she kept going. She felt the vibrations of the word on Anne's throat and put her pointer finger on her lips with her middle finger on her nose. At her 7th lesson Helen spoke the words "I am not dumb now". People said she would never achieve anything but she not only learned English but also French and German, wrote 12 books and graduated from Radcliffe College at Harvard. She is quoted as saying "No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars ...
posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
Another source:

Meltzer, Brad, Heroes for my son, pgs 22-23, Harper Collins Publishing

posted by Lisa (Kelsey) Murphy
Mother is adams-23484
posted by Al Adams
15th cousins three times removed!
posted by Rae (Redford) Santema

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