William Onzalo Spivey

Male4 December 1874–23 February 1962

Brief Life History of William Onzalo

When William Onzalo Spivey was born on 4 December 1874, in Jackson, Tennessee, United States, his father, James Hayward Spivey, was 19 and his mother, Jane Angeline Dixon, was 19. He married Floretta Elzada Cherry on 6 November 1898, in Clay, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Clay, Tennessee, United States in 1935 and Civil District 1, Clay, Tennessee, United States in 1940. He died on 23 February 1962, in Moss, Clay, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Pitcock Cemetery, Clay, Tennessee, United States.

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William Onzalo Spivey
Floretta Elzada Cherry
Marriage: 6 November 1898
Etelka Spivey
Bethel Spivey
Bijah Spivey
Herman Spivey
Haskell Spivey
Esteline Spivey
Selvin "Sutt" Spivey
Edith Spivey

Sources (20)

  • W O Spivey, "United States 1950 Census"
  • Legacy NFS Source: William "Alonzo" Spivey - birth: 1875; Tennessee, United States
  • W O Spivey, "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    6 November 1898Clay, Tennessee, United States
  • Children (8)

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    Siblings (7)

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    World Events (8)

    1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

    Age 1

    In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.

    1878 · Yellow Fever Epidemic

    Age 4

    When a man that had escaped a quarantined steamboat with yellow fever went to a restaurant he infected Kate Bionda the owner. This was the start of the yellow fever epidemic in Memphis, Tennessee. By the end of the epidemic 5,200 of the residence would die.

    1898 · War with the Spanish

    Age 24

    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.

    Name Meaning

    English (Yorkshire): from the Middle English personal name Spivi, of unexplained etymology. There is a slight possibility that it could be a pet form of ancient Germanic Spirwig, attested in the patronymic of a Norman tenant, Eudo filius Spireuuic, 1086 in Domesday Book (Lincolnshire). The alteration of Spivey to Spib(e)y, as if it were from a placename, seems to occurs from the 15th century, but the letters -v- and -b- are often difficult to distinguish at this time and during the following century, so the phonetic change may have occurred later.

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

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