Birdena Cook

28 May 1883–
Calaveras, California, United States

The Life Summary of Birdena

When Birdena Cook was born on 28 May 1883, in Calaveras, California, United States, her father, James Douglas Cook, was 38 and her mother, Catharine Lamb, was 27. She married Jefferson Reid Gillam on 3 April 1902, in San Joaquin, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in San Andreas, Calaveras, California, United States for about 20 years and San Andreas Judicial Township, Calaveras, California, United States in 1940.

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Jefferson Reid Gillam
Birdena Cook
Marriage: 3 April 1902
Erma Mae Gillam

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World Events (8)

Age 3
Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1891 · Angel Island Serves as Quarantine Station
Age 8
Angel Island served as a quarantine station for those diagnosed with bubonic plague beginning in 1891. A quarantine station was built on the island which was funded by the federal government at the cost of $98,000. The disease spread to port cities around the world, including the San Francisco Bay Area, during the third bubonic plague pandemic, which lasted through 1909.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress
Age 33
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

1 English: occupational name for a cook, a seller of cooked meats, or a keeper of an eating house, from Old English cōc (Latin coquus). There has been some confusion with Cocke .2 Irish and Scottish: usually identical in origin with the English name, but in some cases a reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cúg ‘son of Hugo’ ( see McCook ).3 In North America Cook has absorbed examples of cognate and semantically equivalent names from other languages, such as German and Jewish Koch .

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

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Sources (8)

  • Birdie Gillam in household of Jefferson R Gillam, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Birdena Gillam in household of Jefferson Gillam, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Berdina Gillam in household of Jefferson R Gillam, "United States Census, 1930"

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