William Henry Bernard

16 December 1849–23 May 1943 (Age 93)
Kirksville, Adair, Missouri, United States

The Life Summary of William Henry

When William Henry Bernard was born on 16 December 1849, in Kirksville, Adair, Missouri, United States, his father, Andrew Jackson Bernard, was 32 and his mother, Mary Ann Meeks, was 45. He married Sarah Jane Pennington on 29 January 1873, in Cowley, Kansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Adair, Adair, Missouri, United States in 1850 and Winfield, Cowley, Kansas, United States in 1871. He died on 23 May 1943, in Vernon Township, Cowley, Kansas, United States, at the age of 93, and was buried in Mount Vernon Cemetery South, Cowley, Kansas, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Henry Bernard
Sarah Jane Pennington
Marriage: 29 January 1873
Leland Albert Bernard
Stella G. Bernard
Freddie M. Bernard
Martin F. Bernard
Mary Ellen Bernard
Ethel A. Bernard
William C. Bernard
Bertha M. Bernard
Ruth Elise Bernard

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    29 January 1873Cowley, Kansas, United States
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    World Events (8)

    Age 14
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
    Age 21
    Historical Boundaries: 1870: Cowley, Kansas, United States
    1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii
    Age 26
    In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.

    Name Meaning

    Some characteristic forenames: French Armand, Emile, Jacques, Marcel, Pierre, Andre, Lucien, Normand, Henri, Michel, Cecile, Gabrielle.English, Scottish, French, Walloon, Breton, Dutch, German, Polish, Czech, Slovenian, West Indian (mainly Haiti), and African (mainly Tanzania): from the personal name Bernard, from an ancient Germanic name, composed of the elements ber(n) ‘bear’ + hard ‘brave, hardy, strong’ (see Bernhard ). It was borne by several Christian saints, including Saint Bernard of Menthon (923–1008), founder of Alpine hospices and patron saint of mountaineers, whose cult accounts for the frequency of the name in Alpine regions. The popularity of the personal name was also greatly increased by virtue of its having been borne by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (c. 1090–1153), founder and abbot of the Cistercian monastery at Clairvaux. In North America, the English form of the surname has absorbed cognates from other languages, e.g. Italian Bernardo . Bernard is the second most frequent surname in France. Compare Barnard , Benore , and Burnor .History: The first documented bearer of this name in Canada was from the Lorraine region of France. He is recorded in Quebec City, QC, in 1666 as Jean Bernard. He and some of his descendants were dit Anse or Hanse, presumably because his original forename was Hans (German equivalent of French Jean). — The Bernard families of LA have origins in France, Acadia, the West Indies, and Germany. — This surname is listed in the (US) National Huguenot Society's register of qualified Huguenot ancestors and also in the similar register of the Huguenot Society of South Carolina.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Story Highlight

    "I'm Going Back Down to Grandpa's"

    The following type-written photocopy was provided to Laurie Crookston by Henry and Dorothy Bernard: "I'm going back down to Grandpa's I won't come back anymore. I hear remarks about my feet, A muddyi …

    Sources (8)

    • William H L Burnard in household of A J Burnard, "United States Census, 1850"
    • William H Bernard in household of Leland A Bernard, "United States Census, 1940"
    • Legacy NFS Source: William Henry Bernard - Individual or family possessions: birth: 18 December 1849; Kirksville, Adair, Missouri, United States

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