Ralph Waldo Burgess

25 December 1881–1945 (Age 63)
Guilford, Piscataquis, Maine, United States

The Life of Ralph Waldo

When Ralph Waldo Burgess was born on 25 December 1881, in Guilford, Piscataquis, Maine, United States, his father, William Burgess, was 42 and his mother, Georgianna Bennett, was 32. He lived in Sangerville, Piscataquis, Maine, United States for about 10 years. He died in 1945, in Maine, United States, at the age of 64.

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William Burgess
Georgianna Bennett
Robert Arthur Burgess
Fred Burgess
Ralph Waldo Burgess

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World Events (8)

1882 · The Chinese Exclusion Act

Age 1

A federal law prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The Act was the first law to prevent all members of a national group from immigrating to the United States.

Age 5

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 17

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: status name from Middle English burge(i)s, Old French burgeis ‘inhabitant and (usually) freeman of a (fortified) town’ ( see Burke ), especially one with municipal rights and duties. Burgesses generally had tenure of land or buildings from a landlord by burgage. In medieval England burgage involved the payment of a fixed money rent (as opposed to payment in kind); in Scotland it involved payment in service, guarding the town. The -eis ending is from Latin -ensis (modern English -ese as in Portuguese). Compare Burger .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Ralph L Burgess in household of Robert A Burgess, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Ralph Burgess, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Ralph W Burgess in household of William Burgess, "United States Census, 1910"

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