Jessie May Courtney

14 July 1878–20 July 1960 (Age 82)
Polk, Nebraska, United States

The Life of Jessie May

When Jessie May Courtney was born on 14 July 1878, in Polk, Nebraska, United States, her father, Owen L. Courtney, was 22 and her mother, Elestine Dowers, was 15. She married Argolia Marion "Golie" Cowger on 29 March 1895, in Fairfield, Jefferson, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She lived in Agency Township, Wapello, Iowa, United States for about 15 years and Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States in 1930. She died on 20 July 1960, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Fairhaven Memorial Park, Santa Ana, Orange, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Argolia Marion "Golie" Cowger
Jessie May Courtney
Marriage: 29 March 1895
Mabel Fern Cowger
Floyd E Cowger
Angie Leona Descamps

Spouse and Children

    Argolia Marion "Golie" Cowger



29 March 1895
Fairfield, Jefferson, Iowa, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Owen L. Courtney


    Elestine Dowers





    Charles Wilbur Courtney


    George Courtney


    Cloak Francis Courtney


    Harvey Courtney


+2 More Children

World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 3

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1882 · Electricity Comes to Los Angeles

Age 4

Electricity was first introduced to Los Angeles. The first electric street light had “three carbon-arc lamps of three thousand candle-power” and stood 150 feet tall. 
1900 · Gold for Cash!

Age 22

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.

Name Meaning

1 English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Courtenay near Sens in northern France, or some other place similarly named, from the name of a Romano-Gallic landlord, Curtenus (a derivative of Latin curtus ‘short’) + the locative suffix -acum.2 English (of Norman origin): nickname for someone with a snub nose, from Old French c(o)urt ‘short’ + nes ‘nose’ (Latin nasus).3 Irish: English surname adopted by bearers of Gaelic Ó Curnáin ‘descendant of Curnán’, an Old Irish personal name from a diminutive of corn ‘horn’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Jessie Courtney in household of Owens Courtney, "Nebraska State Census, 1885"
  • Jessie M Cowger, "Iowa State Census, 1915"
  • Jessie Cowger, "United States Census, 1940"

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