John Thomas Billington

Male28 June 1896–28 March 1985

Brief Life History of John Thomas

When John Thomas Billington was born on 28 June 1896, in Kirksville, Adair, Missouri, United States, his father, Marion Billington, was 22 and his mother, Anna Lowe, was 19. He lived in Crystal Springs, Kidder, North Dakota, United States in 1910 and Deer Creek, Otter Tail, Minnesota, United States in 1920. He registered for military service in 1924. He died on 28 March 1985, in Angora Township, St. Louis, Minnesota, United States, at the age of 88.

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Marion Billington
Anna Lowe
John Thomas Billington
Hazel Pearl Billington
Jessie Billington
Marie Fay Billington
Merril Ray Billington
Lester Gail Billington
Robert James Billington

Sources (10)

  • John T Billington, "United States 1950 Census"
  • John Thomas Billington, "United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942"
  • John Billington, "United States Social Security Death Index"

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World Events (8)

1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 2

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

1898 · The Kensington Runestone

Age 2

A Swedish man, Olof Ohman, was farming on his land when he came across a 202-pound rock slab that had strange writing on it. Convinced it was proof that Scandinavian explorers came to that area before Columbus found the Americas, he had it looked at by scholars and linguists to find its translation. There has been a drawn-out debate on the stone's authenticity, with a scholarly consensus that classifies it as a hoax and the community which is convinced that it is authentic.


Age 24

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

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the three places called Billington, in Lancashire, Staffordshire, and Bedfordshire. The first of these is first recorded in 1196 as Billingduna ‘sword-shaped hill’ (see Bill 2); the second is in Domesday Book as Belintone ‘settlement (Old English tūn) of Billa’; the one in Bedfordshire is recorded in 1196 as Billendon, from an Old English personal name Billa + dūn ‘hill’. The place in Lancashire is the most likely source of the surname.

History: John Billington (1580–1630), from Spalding, Lincolnshire, was a passenger on the Mayflower in 1620 and an early settler in Plymouth Colony. Governor Bradford called him ‘the profanest’ of the settlers; eventually he was hanged for murder. His son Francis married and had children.

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

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