Elvira Bessie Sowden

Female11 October 1903–6 March 1990

Brief Life History of Elvira Bessie

When Elvira Bessie Sowden was born on 11 October 1903, in Plymouth, Windsor, Vermont, United States, her father, Ezra Jesse Sowden, was 32 and her mother, Lucy Frances Cave, was 30. She lived in Barre City, Washington, Vermont, United States for about 10 years. She died on 6 March 1990, in Montpelier, Washington, Vermont, United States, at the age of 86.

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Ezra Jesse Sowden
Lucy Frances Cave
Coralinn Martha Sowden
Ruth Virtine Sowden
Elvira Bessie Sowden
Ethel Bertha Sowden

Sources (7)

  • Elvira B Sowden in household of Lucy H Sowden, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Elvira B Sowden, "United States Social Security Death Index"
  • Elvira Bessie Sowden, "Vermont, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005"

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Siblings (4)

World Events (8)


Age 1

St. Louis, Missouri, United States hosts Summer Olympic Games.

1906 · Saving Food Labels

Age 3

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.


Age 24

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from South Dean in Stanbury (Yorkshire) or Southdean (Roxburghshire), both from Old English sūth ‘south, southern’ + denu ‘valley’.

English: habitational name from one or more farmsteads in Devon named with Middle English bi southe doun ‘(place) to the south of the hill’, including Sowden in Barnstaple, Lympstone, and Hartland, and Southdown in Brixham, Malborough, Burlescombe, and Sandford.

English: habitational name from Southdown (Barn) in Hawling (Gloucestershire), which may derive from Old English sūth ‘south, southern’ + dūn ‘hill’.

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

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