William Nelson Travis

19 June 1894–12 April 1991 (Age 96)
Arcadia Township, Lapeer, Michigan, United States

The Life of William Nelson

When William Nelson Travis was born on 19 June 1894, in Arcadia Township, Lapeer, Michigan, United States, his father, Sillamon Travis, was 41 and his mother, Florence Koyl, was 34. He married Bera Dee Lawrence on 30 November 1920, in Isabella, Delta, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He lived in Union Township, Isabella, Michigan, United States for about 30 years. He died on 12 April 1991, in Mount Morris, Genesee, Michigan, United States, at the age of 96, and was buried in Flint Cemetery, Genesee, Michigan Territory, United States.

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William Nelson Travis
Bera Dee Lawrence
Marriage: 30 November 1920
Lawrence Francis Travis
Wayne Travis

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30 November 1920
Isabella, Delta, Michigan, United States


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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 2

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1903 · Ford Motor Company

Age 9

"Henry Ford built his first gasoline-powered vehicle, named the Quadricycle, in 1896, at his home in Detroit. Ford sold the Quadricycle for $200 and used the money to build a second car. In 1901, Ford raced his car ""Sweepstakes"" against Alexander Winton and won. The victory resulted in publicity for Ford which allowed him to gain investors for his new company, Ford Motor Company. The first Model A was sold on July 23, 1903, and the company was incorporated on November 13, 1903."

Age 26

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.

Name Meaning

1 English (mainly Lancashire and Yorkshire): occupational name for a gatherer of tolls exacted for the right of passage across a bridge, ford, or other thoroughfare, from Middle English travis ‘crossing’, variant of travers ( see Travers ).2 German: Americanized variant of Drewes .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Willian N Travis in household of Florence M Travis, "United States Census, 1930"
  • William N Travis in household of Silliman Travis, "United States Census, 1910"
  • William Travis in household of Silliman Travis, "United States Census, 1900"

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