Lelah May Spencer

29 May 1892–25 September 1985 (Age 93)
Deadwood, Lawrence, South Dakota, United States

The Life Summary of Lelah May

When Lelah May Spencer was born on 29 May 1892, in Deadwood, Lawrence, South Dakota, United States, her father, George William Spencer, was 32 and her mother, Ida May Lockwood, was 24. She married Earl Guy Tennant on 9 November 1916, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. She died on 25 September 1985, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 93.

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Family Time Line

Earl Guy Tennant
1883–1952
Lelah May Spencer
1892–1985
Marriage: 9 November 1916
George Earl Tennant
1917–2003
Grace Elaine Tennant
1920–2002
Ralph Sterling Tennant
1925–2017

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    9 November 1916Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Children

    (3)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings

    (3)

    World Events (8)

    1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson
    Age 4
    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.
    1906 · Great San Francisco Earthquake
    Age 14
    A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook San Francisco for approximately 60 seconds on April 18, 1906. A 1906 report by US Army Relief Operations recorded the death toll for San Francisco and surrounding areas at 664. Later reports record the number at over 3,000 deaths. An estimated 225,000 people were left homeless from the widespread destructuction as 80% of the city was destroyed.
    1917
    Age 25
    U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.

    Name Meaning

    English (Lancashire and Yorkshire): occupational name for someone who dispensed provisions or money, from Middle English spenser(e), spencer(e) ‘household steward, butler, almoner’ (Anglo-Norman French espenser, Old French despensier). Compare Spence and Spender . There is some dispute about the origins of the Spencer family, whose most famous member in recent times was the late Princess of Wales, born Lady Diana Spencer (1961–97). Some sources say that they are descended from William the Conqueror's steward, Robert Despencer. What is clear is that by the 15th century they had become prosperous from sheep farming in Northamptonshire. Robert Spencer (died 1627) was said to be the wealthiest man in England. Their titles have included Earls of Sunderland and Earls Spencer; and through the female line the 5th Earl of Sunderland also became Duke of Marlborough in 1733. This connection was the result of the marriage, in 1700, of the 3rd Duke of Sunderland to the daughter of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough. The youngest son of this union, John Spencer (1708–46), was the father of the 1st Earl Spencer (1734–83).

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

    Possible Related Names

    Spence
    Spenser
    Spender

    Sources (22)

    • Lelah M Tennant in entry for Earl Guy Tennant, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • Lelah M Lennant in household of Earl G Lennant, "United States Census, 1920"
    • Lelah May Spencer, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"

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