Zilla Margaret Mae Chance

April 1879–8 June 1967 (Age 88)
Adel, Dallas, Iowa, United States

The Life of Zilla Margaret Mae

When Zilla Margaret Mae Chance was born in April 1879, in Adel, Dallas, Iowa, United States, her father, Tillman Howard Chance, was 24 and her mother, Harriett Roxanna Garoutte, was 22. She married Welburn Howell Secrest on 10 October 1914, in Weber, Utah, United States. She lived in Rosita, Custer, Colorado, United States in 1880. She died on 8 June 1967, in Florida, United States, at the age of 88.

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Welburn Howell Secrest
Zilla Margaret Mae Chance
Marriage: 10 October 1914

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10 October 1914
Weber, Utah, United States

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World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 2

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.
1887 · Eatonville is Incorporated

Age 8

On August 15, 1887, the town of Eatonville was incorporated into Orange County, Florida. The town is significant for being one of the first all-black, self-governed municipalities in the country.
1902 · So Much Farm Land

Age 23

A law that funded many irrigation and agricultural projects in the western states.

Name Meaning

1 English: from Old French chea(u)nce ‘(good) fortune’ (a derivative of cheoir ‘to fall (out)’, Latin cadere), a nickname for an inveterate gambler, for someone considered fortunate or well favored, or perhaps for someone who had survived an accident by a remarkable piece of luck.2 Americanized form of German Tschantz or Schantz .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Zilta Chance in household of Tilman Chance, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Zilla Chance in household of Tillman H Chance, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Zilla M Chance, "Utah, Weber County Marriages, 1887-1941"

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