William Russell Burgess

2 September 1926–22 December 2007 (Age 81)
Echols, Ohio, Kentucky, United States

The Life of William Russell

When William Russell Burgess was born on 2 September 1926, in Echols, Ohio, Kentucky, United States, his father, John Harry Burgess, was 27 and his mother, Artie Olis Geary, was 25. He married Doris Lorrene Laue on 19 October 1946, in Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Ohio, Kentucky, United States in 1935 and Magisterial District 3 Rockport, Ohio, Kentucky, United States in 1940. He died on 22 December 2007, in Owensboro, Daviess, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Ohio, Kentucky, United States.

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William Russell Burgess
Doris Lorrene Laue
Marriage: 19 October 1946
John Russell Burgess

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19 October 1946
Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, United States


    John Russell Burgess


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World Events (8)


Age 1

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
1936 · The Last Public Hanging in Kentucky

Age 10

The hanging of Rainey Bethea on August 14,1936, in Owensboro, Kentucky was the last pubic hanging in the state and the United States. Anywhere from 15,000-20,000 people showed up for this event. The media was all over the hanging since the Sheriff of Davies county was a female, even though she did not pull levers. Because of the media coverage and the circus it caused, this was the last hanging.
1948 · The Beginning of the Cold War

Age 22

The Berlin Blockade was the first major crises of the Cold War. The Soviet Union blocked all access to the sectors of Berlin under Western control and offered to drop the blockade if the newly introduced Deutsche Mark was removed from West Berlin. The Berlin Blockade showed the different ideological and economic visions for postwar Europe. Even though there wasn't any fire fight during the cold war, many of these skirmishes arose and almost caused nuclear war on multiple occasions.

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)

  • Russell Burgess in household of John Burgess, "United States Census, 1940"
  • William R Burgess in household of Johnnie H Burgess, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Russell Burgess in entry for Golda V Or Goldie Martin, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

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