Bessie May Hamilton

28 January 1878–21 December 1917 (Age 39)
Skamania, Washington, United States

The Life of Bessie May

When Bessie May Hamilton was born on 28 January 1878, in Skamania, Washington, United States, her father, Jason Adam Hamilton, was 33 and her mother, Emma C Harrington, was 22. She married Alexander Melville Dollar on 17 October 1904, in Portland, Washington, Oregon, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She lived in San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States in 1910. She died on 21 December 1917, in Shanghai, China, at the age of 39, and was buried in Shanghai, China.

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Alexander Melville Dollar
Bessie May Hamilton
Marriage: 17 October 1904
Hamilton Stuart Dollar

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17 October 1904
Portland, Washington, Oregon, United States


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World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 3

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1884 · Sino-French War

Age 6

The Sino-French War, Tonkin War, or Tonquin war, was a conflict between China and France regarding the control of Tonkin, a region in northern Vietnam. The Qing Dynasty performed well on land and won limited strategic victories; however, the Qing forces in Taiwan and other surrounding islands were defeated by the French. Ultimately, the war ended with the Treaty of Tientsin, which arguably satisfied most of the goals of the French.
1889 · Washington Becomes a State

Age 11

On November 11, 1889, Washington Territory became Washington State the 42nd state to enter the Union. The state was named in honor of George Washington.

Name Meaning

Scottish and northern Irish: habitational name from what is now a deserted village in the parish of Barkby, Leicestershire. This is named from Old English hamel ‘crooked’ + dūn ‘hill’. Hamilton near Glasgow was founded by the Hamiltons and named after them. In Ireland, this name may have replaced Hamill in a few cases. It has also been used as the equivalent of the Irish (Cork) name Ó hUrmholtaigh.

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

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  • Bessie Dollar in household of Melville Dollar, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Bessie Hamilton in household of J A Hamilton, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Bessie M Hamilton in household of Jason A Hamilton, "United States Census, 1900"

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