Describe the family background of Helen Keller. 

Asked by pdcavita | 29th Nov, 2017, 09:16: PM

Expert Answer:

Casper Keller, a native of Switzerland, was Helen's great grandfather. One of Helen's ancestors was the first teacher to write a book on the education of deaf. Casper Keller was settled in Maryland but his son, Helem's grandfather, boought large tracts of land in Alabama and finally settled there. Her grandmother, Keller, was a daughter of one of Lafayette's aides, Alexander Moore, and granddaughter of Alexander Spotswood, an early Colonial Governor of Virginia. She was also second cousin to Robert E. Lee. Her father, Arthur H. Keller, was a captain in the Confederate Army, and her mother, Kate Adams, was his second wife and many years younger. Her grandfather, Benjamin Adams, married Susanna E. Goodhue, and lived in Newbury, Massachusetts, for many years. Their son, Charles Adams, was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts, and moved to Helena, Arkansas. When the Civil War broke out, he fought on the side of the South and became a brigadier-general. He married Lucy Helen Everett, who belonged to the same family of Everetts as Edward Everett and Dr. Edward Everett Hale. After the war, the family moved to Memphis, Tennessee.

Answered by  | 30th Nov, 2017, 01:32: PM

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