William Best

23 December 1849–29 October 1921 (Age 71)
Malta, Morgan, Ohio, United States

The Life 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 in 1860 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

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    Jane Reed


15 May 1878
Viroqua, Vernon, Wisconsin, United States


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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

1 English, northern Irish, and French: from Middle English, Old French beste ‘animal’, ‘beast’ (Latin bestia), applied either as a metonymic occupational name for someone who looked after beasts—a herdsman—or as a derogatory nickname for someone thought to resemble an animal, i.e. a violent, uncouth, or stupid man. It is unlikely that the name is derived from best, Old English betst, superlative of good. By far the most frequent spelling of the French surname is Beste, but it is likely that in North America this form has largely been assimilated to Best.2 German: from a short form of Sebastian .

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

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Sources (3)

  • William Best in household of Emanuel Best, "United States Census, 1870"
  • William Best in household of Emanuel Best, "United States Census, 1850"
  • William Best, "United States Census, 1900"

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