Bertha L. Gosnell

FemaleMay 1890–15 February 1961

Brief Life History of Bertha L.

When Bertha L. Gosnell was born in May 1890, in Greenville, South Carolina, United States, her father, George Ira Gosnell, was 23 and her mother, Nettie Ann Atkins, was 21. She had at least 3 sons and 3 daughters with Benjamin Franklin Huff. She lived in O'Neal, Greenville, South Carolina, United States in 1910 and Greenville, Greenville, South Carolina, United States for about 10 years. She died on 15 February 1961, at the age of 70, and was buried in Woodlawn Memorial Park, Greenville, Greenville, South Carolina, United States.

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Benjamin Franklin Huff
Bertha L. Gosnell
Rev Benjamin Lester Huff
Gilmon Augustus Huff
Blanche Huff
Mildred Huff
James Wallace Huff
Frankie Elizabeth Huff

Sources (14)

  • Bertha Huff, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Bertha L. Gosnell - Government record: birth-name: Bertha L. Gosnell
  • Bertha E Huff, "South Carolina Deaths, 1915-1965"

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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 6

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 8

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.

1909 · The NAACP is formed

Age 19

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


perhaps a habitational name from Goss Hall, in Ash, Kent, recorded as Gosehale in 1210–12 and as Gosenhale (in a surname) in 1230. It may have denoted ‘Gosa's nook of land’ (Old English Gōsa, genitive singular Gōsan + halh, dative singular hale). By the early 1200s a member of this Kent family had apparently acquired property in Fritton, Suffolk, where the surname subsequently ramified in the later medieval and early modern periods.

apparently a habitational name from Gonsal, in Condover, Shropshire, but the place name is recorded in medieval documents only as a manorial surname (de Gosenhull) and it is possible that the place was named after a 13th-century owner who came from elsewhere. On heraldic grounds the Shrops family has been tentatively identified with the Suffolk/Kent family in 1 above. The early spellings of the Shrops name, however, consistently point to a derivation from Old English hyll ‘hill ’, thus ‘Gosa's hill’, not ‘Gosa' s nook of land’. While the possibility cannot be ruled out that Gosenhull was a local re-interpretation of Gosenhale, the linguistic and the heraldic evidence are not easily reconciled.

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

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