Hessie Mae Allen

4 January 1919–22 December 2007 (Age 88)
Forsyth, North Carolina, United States

The Life of Hessie Mae

When Hessie Mae Allen was born on 4 January 1919, in Forsyth, North Carolina, United States, her father, Grover Monroe Allen, was 33 and her mother, Hessie Mae Rierson, was 34. She married Aaron Clarence Shepherd on 29 June 1935, in Forsyth, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She lived in Middle Fork Township, Forsyth, North Carolina, United States in 1920. She died on 22 December 2007, in Winston-Salem, Forsyth, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 88.

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Aaron Clarence Shepherd
Hessie Mae Allen
Marriage: 29 June 1935
Alvin Barrett Shepherd

Spouse and Children

29 June 1935
Forsyth, North Carolina, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 1

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.
1920 · Women Get the Vote

Age 1

In 1920, the 19th amendment was ratified making it so that women could vote. This achievement finally gave North Carolina the freedom to vote they had been fighting for since 1897.
1942 · The Japanese American internment

Age 23

Caused by the tensions between the United States and the Empire of Japan, the internment of Japanese Americans caused many to be forced out of their homes and forcibly relocated into concentration camps in the western states. More than 110,000 Japanese Americans were forced into these camps in fear that some of them were spies for Japan.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: from a Celtic personal name of great antiquity and obscurity. In England the personal name is now usually spelled Alan, the surname Allen; in Scotland the surname is more often Allan. Various suggestions have been put forward regarding its origin; the most plausible is that it originally meant ‘little rock’. Compare Gaelic ailín, diminutive of ail ‘rock’. The present-day frequency of the surname Allen in England and Ireland is partly accounted for by the popularity of the personal name among Breton followers of William the Conqueror, by whom it was imported first to Britain and then to Ireland. St. Alan(us) was a 5th-century bishop of Quimper, who was a cult figure in medieval Brittany. Another St. Al(l)an was a Cornish or Breton saint of the 6th century, to whom a church in Cornwall is dedicated.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Mae Allen Shepherd in household of Aaron C Shepherd, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Hessie M Allen in household of G M Allen, "United States Census, 1920"
  • May Allen in household of Grover M Allen, "United States Census, 1930"

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