Mary Elizabeth Girton

17 May 1917–11 September 1989 (Age 72)
Watkins Glen, Dix, Schuyler, New York, United States

The Life of Mary Elizabeth

When Mary Elizabeth Girton was born on 17 May 1917, in Watkins Glen, Dix, Schuyler, New York, United States, her father, Warren Raymond Girton, was 31 and her mother, Bertha May Nordyke, was 26. She married Duncan Foster Fancher on 6 April 1947, in Berkeley, Alameda, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She lived in Oakland, Alameda, California, United States in 1920 and Berkeley, Alameda, California, United States for about 10 years. She died on 11 September 1989, in Alameda, Alameda, California, United States, at the age of 72.

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Duncan Foster Fancher
Mary Elizabeth Girton
Marriage: 6 April 1947
Richard Earl Fancher

Spouse and Children

6 April 1947
Berkeley, Alameda, California, United States


    Richard Earl Fancher


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World Events (8)

1918 · Attempting to Stop the War

Age 1

To end World War I, President Wilson created a list of principles to be used as negotiations for peace among the nations. Known as The Fourteen Points, the principles were outlined in a speech on war aimed toward the idea of peace but most of the Allied forces were skeptical of this Wilsonian idealism.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 17

Alcatraz Island officially became Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on August 11, 1934. The island is situated in the middle of frigid water and strong currents of the San Francisco Bay, which deemed it virtually inescapable. Alcatraz became known as the toughest prison in America and was seen as a “last resort prison.” Therefore, Alcatraz housed some of America’s most notorious prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. Due to the exorbitant cost of running the prison, and the deterioration of the buildings due to salt spray, Alcatraz Island closed as a penitentiary on March 21, 1963. 
1937 · The Neutrality Act

Age 20

The Neutrality Acts were passed in response to the growing conflicts in Europe and Asia during the time leading up to World War II. The primary purpose was so the US wouldn't engage in any more foreign conflicts. Most of the Acts were repealed in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from places in Cambridgeshire and Nottinghamshire called Girton, from Old English grēot ‘grit’, ‘gravel’ + tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Mary E Girton in household of Richard A Carter, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Mary E Girton in household of Rachel J Carter, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Mary E Girton in household of William C Shaw, "United States Census, 1920"

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