James Arthur Coburn

21 August 1928–5 July 2003 (Age 74)
Oakland, Alameda, California, United States

The Life of James Arthur

When James Arthur Coburn was born on 21 August 1928, in Oakland, Alameda, California, United States, his father, William James Coburn, was 25 and his mother, Bertha Rhoda Jensen, was 24. He married Virginia Lee Sikes on 3 October 1954, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Alameda, Alameda, California, United States in 1930 and Ojai Judicial Township, Ventura, California, United States in 1940. He died on 5 July 2003, at the age of 74.

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James Arthur Coburn
Virginia Lee Sikes
Marriage: 3 October 1954
Catherine Coburn

Spouse and Children

3 October 1954
Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States


Parents and Siblings

    William James Coburn





    Wallace Ray Coburn


    William Ernest Coburn



    Ida Fay Coburn


World Events (8)


Age 1

13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 6

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. 
1948 · The Beginning of the Cold War

Age 20

The Berlin Blockade was the first major crises of the Cold War. The Soviet Union blocked all access to the sectors of Berlin under Western control and offered to drop the blockade if the newly introduced Deutsche Mark was removed from West Berlin. The Berlin Blockade showed the different ideological and economic visions for postwar Europe. Even though there wasn't any fire fight during the cold war, many of these skirmishes arose and almost caused nuclear war on multiple occasions.

Name Meaning

1 Northern English and Scottish: variant of Cockburn , reflecting the pronunciation.2 Altered spelling of German Kobern.

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

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Sources (3)

  • James Arthur Coburn in household of William James Coburn, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960"
  • James Arthur Coburn in household of William James Coburn, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960"
  • James A Bockburn in household of Willian J Bockburn, "United States Census, 1930"

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