Bessie M Stanton

2 May 1891–1958 (Age 66)
Cumberland, New Jersey, United States

The Life of Bessie M

When Bessie M Stanton was born on 2 May 1891, in Cumberland, New Jersey, United States, her father, David Stanton, was 28 and her mother, Lillian Johnson "Lily" Westcott, was 22. She married John Elsworth Loper about 1920, in Cumberland, New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in New Jersey, United States in 1891 and Lawrence Township, Cumberland, New Jersey, British Colonial America for about 40 years. She died in 1958, in Cedarville, Cumberland, New Jersey, United States, at the age of 67.

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John Elsworth Loper
Bessie M Stanton
Marriage: 1920
Ruth Loper
John David Loper

Spouse and Children

Cumberland, New Jersey, United States


    Ruth Loper


    John David Loper


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World Events (8)


Age 3

Mary Philbrook was the first woman in New Jersey to become a lawyer. She had applied for admission to the New Jersey Bar in 1894, but was rejected because the New Jersey Court stated that women were not vested with any right to be attorneys. Mary lobbied with the Jersey City Woman's Club for an update to the law, which was passed in 1895 and allowed women to become lawyers. Mary Philbrook was the first woman to be admitted after the law change.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 5

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.
1909 · The NAACP is formed

Age 18

Organized as a civil rights organization, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a bi-racial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans. It is one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the nation.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the extremely numerous places throughout England so called from Old English stān ‘stone’ + tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. Most of them are named for their situation on stony ground, but in the case of Stanton Harcourt in Oxfordshire and Stanton Drew in Avon the reference is to the proximity of prehistoric stone monuments. The name has also sometimes been chosen by Ashkenazic Jews as an Americanized form of various like-sounding Jewish surnames. This surname has long been established in Ireland also.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Bessie M Stanton in household of David Stanton, "New Jersey State Census, 1915"
  • Bessie M Loper in household of John E Loper, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Bessie Loper in household of John Loper, "United States Census, 1930"

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