William Best

Male23 December 1849–29 October 1921

Brief Life History of William

When William Best was born on 23 December 1849, in Malta, Morgan, Ohio, United States, his father, Emanual Best, was 38 and his mother, Rosanna Pennell, was 26. He married Caroline Towns on 26 March 1874. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. He lived in Webster, Vernon, Wisconsin, United States for about 10 years and Wisconsin, United States in 1870. He died on 29 October 1921, in Viroqua, Vernon, Wisconsin, United States, at the age of 71.

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William Best
Jane Reed
Marriage: 15 May 1878
Nettie Maud Best
Mary Belle Best
Lizzie M Best

Sources (13)

  • William Best in household of Emanuel Best, "United States Census, 1870"
  • William Best, "Wisconsin, County Marriages, 1836-1911"
  • William, "United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933"

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  • Marriage
    15 May 1878Viroqua, Vernon, Wisconsin, United States
  • Children (3)

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    Siblings (5)

    World Events (8)

    1854 · The Creation of the Republican Party

    Age 5

    A debate continues over the location of the creation of the Republican Party. Some sources claim that the party was formed in Ripon, Wisconsin, on February 28, 1854. Others claim the first meeting of the Republican Party took place in Jackson, Michigan, on July 6, 1854, where the Republican Party was officially organized. Over 1,000 people were present and candidates were selected for the party, thus making it the first Republican convention.


    Age 14

    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    1868 · Impeach the President!

    Age 19

    Caused by many crimes and breaking the Tenure of Office Act, Many Senators and House Representatives became angry with President Johnson and began discussions of his Impeachment. After a special session of Congress, the Articles of Impeachment were approved by the House and then the Senate. Making Andrew Johnson the first President to be Impeached.

    Name Meaning

    English and northern Irish: nickname from Middle English best(e) (Old English betst) ‘best, finest (person)’.

    English, northern Irish, and French: nickname from Middle English best(e), Old French beste ‘beast, animal’ (especially those used for food or work), applied either as a metonymic occupational name for someone who looked after beasts, such as a herdsman, or as a nickname for someone thought to resemble an animal. Compare English Bester 1.

    English: from a Middle English adverbial expression of the Best, but the meaning is unknown.

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

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