Bessie Mae Marr

26 October 1898–
Anita, Cass, Iowa, United States

The Life of Bessie Mae

When Bessie Mae Marr was born on 26 October 1898, in Anita, Cass, Iowa, United States, her father, George Fred Marr, was 43 and her mother, Cora Ann Bancroft, was 41. She married Rodolphus Herachel Jones on 16 May 1920, in Adair, Adair, Iowa, United States. She lived in Crawford, Iowa, United States in 1935 and Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, United States in 1940.

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Family Time Line

Rodolphus Herachel Jones
Bessie Mae Marr
Marriage: 16 May 1920

Spouse and Children

16 May 1920
Adair, Adair, Iowa, United States

Parents and Siblings

    George Fred Marr


    Cora Ann Bancroft





    Girtie Elizabeth Marr


    Baby Marr



World Events (8)

1900 · Gold for Cash!

Age 2

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.
1913 · The Completion of the Keokuk Dam

Age 15

The Keokuk Dam was completed in 1913 and began to power the surrounding area. It was the largest single capacity powerhouse in the world at the time. After World War II, the powerhouse was modernized and all the units were converted in 2002. It remains the largest privately owned and operated dam on the Mississippi River.

Age 31

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.

Name Meaning

1 Scottish: habitational name from Mar in Aberdeenshire, the etymology of which is uncertain, possibly Old Norse marr, a rare word generally denoting the sea, but perhaps also a marsh or fen, as reflected in modern dialect forms.2 English: habitational name from Marr in West Yorkshire, whose name is likewise of uncertain origin; possibly the same as 1.3 German: from the Germanic personal name Marro.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Bessie M Marr in household of Cora A Marr, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Bessie Marr Jones in entry for Rodolphus Herschel Jones, "Iowa, Armed Forces Grave Registrations, ca. 1835-1998"
  • Bessie M Jones, "Iowa, Old Age Tax Assistance Records, 1934-1958"

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