Alta Grace Keil 3
- Born: 12 Aug 1895, Mechanicsburg, Cumberland Co., PA.
- Marriage: Alvah Charles Hagen Sr. on 24 Oct 1914 in Hagerstown, Maryland
- Died: 23 Feb 1943, Chesterfield Co., VA at age 47
- Buried: 25 Feb 1943, Sunset Memorial Park, Chester, VA E185
Cause of her death was Subarachnoid hemorrhage of the brain - lingered 3 days.
Another name for Alta was Alta Grace Kyle.
The spelling of "Kyle" for Alta Grace Kyle Hagen is used frequently in Richmond records and is actually on her headstone at Sunset Memorial Park. However, it appears that the actual spelling of the family name is Keil or at least used to be (see references to her father and sister). Several of Alta's siblings changed the spelling to Kile beginning around 1915.
Alta's headstone at Sunset Memorial Park (between Richmond and Petersburg, Va. on Rte 301) has her date of birth as Aug. 12, 1896 and date of death as Feb. 24, 1943; while the David and Missouri Keil Family Bible records August 11, 1896 and Feb. 23, 1943.
In 1910 Alta is living with her parents on East Green Street in Mechanicsburg, PA. She lived one block away from her future husband, Alvah Hagen, who lived at the corner of Arch and Portland Streets.
See general notes on her father, David Keil, for 1900 and 1910 census facts.
According to daughter-in-law, Inez Daughtrey Hagen, Alvah and Alta were very much in love throughout their lives together. Their "hurry-up" marriage was always a point of contention to Alvah's family, particularly to Alvah's sister Mary. Alvah's sister Margaret was the only Hagen to truely accept Alta into the family. This observation appears to be confirmed by Alta's naming her first daughter Margarett (Peggy).
Alta's daughter, Evelyn, gave her mother's name to three of her children: Margaret GRACE, Richard KYLE, and ALTA Jane. Evelyn carried a lifelong resentment to "those Hagens ... they always thought they were better than everyone else" stated in a 2003 conversation with her nephew, Bo Hagen. After being reminded that she was a Hagen, she tempered her remarks to reflect that it was mostly her father's sister, Mary, that fostered the family schism.
Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014
Name: Alta Grace Hagen [Alta Grace Kile] (married)
Residence: Chesterfield Co., VA
Age at Death: 47
Birth Date: 11 Aug 1895
Death Date: 23 Feb 1943 6 p.m.
Death Place: Retreat for the Sick, Richmond, Virginia
Burial: Feb 25, 1943 at Sunset Memorial Park
Registration Date: 25 Feb 1943
Father: David Kile born PA
Mother: Missouri born PA [actually Missouri Cramer]
Spouse: Alvah C Hagen
Certificate Number: 1943003064
Informant: Alvah C Hagen of Stop 20, Petersburg Pike
Alta married Alvah Charles Hagen Sr., son of Edwin Walter Hagen II and Mary Elizabeth (Maime) Rannels (Reynolds), on 24 Oct 1914 in Hagerstown, Maryland. (Alvah Charles Hagen Sr. was born on 16 Jun 1895 in Philadelphia, PA, died on 10 Feb 1968 in Highland Springs, VA. and was buried in Sunset Memorial Park, Chester, VA. E184.) The cause of his death was Toxemia (2 wks)/ Urinary Tract Infection (2yrs) / Severe Parkinson's Disease.
According to daughter Evelyn Hagen Mabie, Alvah and Alta were married in Hagerstown, Maryland. However, this researcher has requested marriage records from Hagerstown (Washington Co.) as well as Cumberland Co. and also Philadelphia and as of March 2011 no marriage record has been found.
... and then, April 22, 2013 ... the on line database for The Washington County Free Library
http://www.washcolibrary.org/localhistory/genealogy.asp records the 1914 marriage of Alvah Hagen to Alta Kile on Page 19666. The actual certificate indicates Alvah Chas Hagen, age 21, of Mechanicsburg, PA and Alta Grace Kyle, age 19, of Mechanicsburg, PA, were married October 24, 1914 by Eugeino Kincaid Thomas, Minister of the Gospel in Hagerstown, Maryland. The application, license, and ceremony were all done on the same day.