Bessie Hazlett

Female15 May 1892–18 February 1976

Brief Life History of Bessie

When Bessie Hazlett was born on 15 May 1892, in Woodbury, Cumberland, Illinois, United States, her father, George B. McClelland "Clell" Hazlett, was 30 and her mother, Virginia Josephine "Jennie" Trostel, was 23. She lived in Jewett, Cumberland, Illinois, United States in 1900 and Tuscola, Douglas, Illinois, United States for about 20 years. She died on 18 February 1976, at the age of 83.

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Family Time Line

George B. McClelland "Clell" Hazlett
Virginia Josephine "Jennie" Trostel
Bessie Hazlett
Bert Hazlett
Finnis Hazlett
Murrell Hazlett
Retha Irene Hazlett

Sources (6)

  • Bessie Hazlett in household of Mcdowell Hazlett, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Bessie Hazlett, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Bessie Hazlett in household of Mcdowell Hazlett, "United States Census, 1900"

Parents and Siblings

Siblings (5)

World Events (8)

1893 · The World's Columbian Exposition

Age 1

Also known as the Chicago World's Fair, The Exposition was held to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the New World. The centerpiece of the Fair was a large water pool that represented Columbus's voyage across the Atlantic to the Americas. The Fair had a profound effect on new architecture designs, sanitation advancement, and the arts. The Fairgrounds were given the nickname the White City due to its lavish paint and materials used to constuct it. Over 27 million people attended the fair during its six-month of operation. Among many of the invetions exhibited there was the first Ferris wheel built to rival the Eiffel Tower in France.

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 4

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.

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 24

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

Name Meaning

English and northern Irish (Derry and Donegal):

topographic or habitational name from Middle English haslett (Old English hæslett) ‘hazel copse’. The name denotes a dweller by a hazel copse or someone from a place so named, such as Haslett Copse in Up Marden (Sussex), or any of several minor placenames in Essex, Kent, and Surrey.

topographic or habitational name from Middle English hesle, hasel (Old Norse hesli, Old English hæsel) ‘hazel’ + Middle English he(ve)d (Old English hēafod) ‘hill, head(land)’. There are several minor places with this name in Yorkshire, as well as Hazelhead in Lancaster, but the only one known to have produced a hereditary surname is Hazlehead in Rimington (Yorkshire), which is not far from Slaidburn and the border with Lancashire. The name was taken to Ulster, possibly before 1700 in Derry. It is partly or wholly through later Irish migration that the name appears so strongly in 18th- and 19th-century Lancashire and southwest Scotland, as well as in other parts of England, including Kent.

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

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