Dessie Elizabeth Childers

23 November 1888–20 September 1966 (Age 77)
Ripley, Tippah, Mississippi, United States

The Life of Dessie Elizabeth

When Dessie Elizabeth Childers was born on 23 November 1888, in Ripley, Tippah, Mississippi, United States, her father, William Arthur Childers, was 45 and her mother, Virginia Elizabeth Conner Pool, was 32. She married John William Golightly on 21 January 1909, in Ripley, Tippah, Mississippi, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Rural, Waupaca, Wisconsin, United States in 1935 and Beat 3, Tate, Mississippi, United States in 1940. She died on 20 September 1966, in Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Coldwater, Tate, Mississippi, United States.

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Family Time Line

John William Golightly
Dessie Elizabeth Childers
Marriage: 21 January 1909
Herman Reider Golightly
Amie Christine Golightly
Sidney Johnson Golightly
William Lawrence Golightly
Azalee Childers Golightly
Virginia Elizabeth Golightly
Hazel Gertrude Golightly

Spouse and Children

21 January 1909
Ripley, Tippah, Mississippi, United States


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World Events (8)

1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

Age 2

This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.
1907 · Boll Weevil Destroys Most the Cotton Crop

Age 19

When the boll weevil threatened most the Mississippi Delta, it put the state’s cotton crop in peril. By the time the boll weevil reached Mississippi it had already destroyed four million bales of cotton. This added up to $238 million at the time or about 6 billion in present day. The boll weevil depends on cotton for every stage of its life.
1909 · The NAACP is formed

Age 21

Organized as a civil rights organization, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a bi-racial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans. It is one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the nation.

Name Meaning

English: probably a habitational name from some lost place named Childerhouse, from Old English cildra, genitive plural of cild ‘child’ + hūs ‘house’. This may have referred to some form of orphanage perhaps run by a religious order, or perhaps the first element is to be understood in its later sense as a term of status ( see Child ).

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

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Story Highlight

Letters written by Dessie Elizabeth Childers

LETTERS WRITTEN BY DESSIE CHILDERS GOLIGHTLY Partial letter written by Dessie Childers Golightly - no date . . . would be pretty a few days - I have some clothes in soaking to wash tomorrow -started …

Sources (3)

  • Dessie Golightly, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Dessie Golightly, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Bessie E Golightly in household of John W Golightly, "United States Census, 1920"

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