Jessie Elizabeth PEPPER

Female 1874 - 1967  (93 years)


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  • Name Jessie Elizabeth PEPPER  [1, 2, 3
    Born 20 Mar 1874  Waterville, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Female 
    Census 1900  Living with husband in Moscow, Latah Co., Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Census 1910  Living with husband in Seattle, King Co., Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Census 1920  living with husband at 4710 20 Ave., NE, Seattle, King Co., WA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Census 1930  Living with husband in Seattle, King Co., Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Died 14 Nov 1967  Seattle, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 
    • HistoryLink Database Output: Pepper, Jesse Elizabeth (1874-1967): a Biography by her Great Grandson

      This biography of Jesse Elizabeth Pepper, wife of UW English professor Frederick Padelford (1875-1942), was written by her great grandson Gordon Padelford, who is 13 years old at this writing (May 2002).

      Jesse Elizabeth Pepper

      Jessie Elizabeth Pepper, my great grandmother, was born March 20, 1874, in Waterville, Maine. She was the daughter of Annie Grassie Pepper and George Dana Boardman Pepper. He was a Baptist Minister and President of Colby College.

      Jessie was at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, from 1892 until her graduation in 1896. While at Colby College she was a member of the Sigma Kappa Sorority and met her future husband Frederick M. Padelford. From 1896-1899 she taught at Coburn Classical Institute in Maine while Frederick was earning his Ph.D. at Yale.

      They married on July 6, 1899, and moved to Moscow, Idaho. In 1901 they moved to Seattle, Washington. They had the following children in Seattle: Morgan Grassie (1902), Eunice Brewster (1907), Philip Sidney (1912--my grandfather), and Charles Gordon (1915). She lived the rest of her life in Seattle involved in many activities and being a prominent social leader.

      Bessie, as her family called her, was a avid gardener and was "warm and fuzzy" according to my dad. She was the founder of the University of Washington's chapter of Sigma Kappa Sorority. She was an active member, and at one time president of the University of Washington Faculty Wives club. She was also a member of the Seattle Garden Club, the Washington State Arboretum Society, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Tuesday Club. Besides all that involvement she still taught two extension courses in history at the UW Padelford Hall.

      She continued to live in Seattle after her husband's death, and dies a the age of 93 on November 14, 1967, in Seattle. Thank you for reading this biography.

      Sources: She is my great grandmother; "The Seattle Times newspaper articles; University of Washington Archives, Padelford Family Papers accession number 3359-87-3. By Gordon Padelford, Age 13, May 22, 2002
    Person ID I43892  Main Tree

    Father George Dana Boardman PEPPER 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Annie GRASSIE 
    Relationship Natural 
    Family ID F05800  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Frederick Morgan PADELFORD,   b. 27 Feb 1875, Haverhill, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Dec 1942, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 06 Jul 1899  Waterville, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Charles Gordon PADELFORD
     2. Philip Sidney PADELFORD
     3. Eunice Brewster PADELFORD,   b. 12 Jun 1907, Seattle, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Nov 1991, Seattle, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)  [Natural]
     4. Morgan Grassie PADELFORD,   b. 10 Oct 1902, Seattle, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jun 1994, Sierra Madre, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)  [Natural]
    Family ID F05799  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S00056] "Descendants of Zachariah Padelford III" by Kevin Swope.

    2. [S02596] Maine Marriage Records by Rootsweb.

    3. [S02435] Historylink.org - Jesse Elizabeth Pepper.

    4. [S00911] 1900 Census Moscow, Latah County, Idaho.

    5. [S01157] 1910 Census Seattle, King County, Washington.

    6. [S01288] 1920 Census King County, Washington.

    7. [S01613] 1930 Census Seattle, King County, Washington.