Marian Franklin Despain

11 May 1874–2 January 1911 (Age 36)
Chariton, Lucas, Iowa, United States

The Life of Marian Franklin

When Marian Franklin Despain was born on 11 May 1874, in Chariton, Lucas, Iowa, United States, his father, William Marshall Despain, was 40 and his mother, Rachel Cox, was 28. He married Christina Ries on 24 May 1904, in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States. He lived in Oakley, Lucas, Iowa, United States in 1880 and Fairfield, Jefferson, Iowa, United States in 1885. He died on 2 January 1911, in Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa, United States, at the age of 36.

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Marian Franklin Despain
Christina Ries
Marriage: 24 May 1904

Spouse and Children

24 May 1904
Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States

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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.
1884 · There is now a Capital Building

Age 10

The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.

Age 12

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

Name Meaning

Part translation of the French family name Despagne, ethnic name for a Spaniard, from d’Espagne ‘from Spain’.

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

Sources (3)

  • Marion F Despain in household of William Despain, "Iowa State Census, 1885"
  • Marron F Despayne in household of William Despayne, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Frank Despain, "United States Census, 1910"

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