Sophia Josephine Syester

17 August 1861–
Clay, Indiana, United States

The Life of Sophia Josephine

When Sophia Josephine Syester was born on 17 August 1861, in Clay, Indiana, United States, her father, John Wesley Syester, was 26 and her mother, Lavina McCullough, was 23.

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Age 2

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg

Age 2

The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.
1906 · Gary, Indiana, Is Founded

Age 45

The town of Gary, Indiana, was founded by the United States Steel Corporation in 1906. The Gary Works steel mill was the largest integrated mill in North America. The city of Gary was named after Elbert Henry Gary who was the founding chairman of the United States Steel Corporation and American lawyer and county judge. Gary partnered with J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, and Charles M. Schwab to found the United States Steel Corporation.

Name Meaning

South German (Baden): metonymic occupational name for a cooper who made measures, from Middle High German sehster, a dry or liquid measure (Latin sextarius).

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

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  • Legacy NFS Source: Sophia Josephine Syester - Memory of Someone: Memory of friend: birth-name: Sophia Josephine Syester

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