Bessie Elizabeth Pitts

22 April 1885–28 December 1960 (Age 75)
St. Clair, Illinois, United States

The Life of Bessie Elizabeth

When Bessie Elizabeth Pitts was born on 22 April 1885, in St. Clair, Illinois, United States, her father, Loren Edgar Pitts, was 22 and her mother, Anna Elizabeth Sawyer, was 22. She married Charley Preston Adams in 1922, in California, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. She lived in Judicial Township 1, Fresno, California, United States in 1940 and Mendota, Fresno, California, United States in 1949. She died on 28 December 1960, in Modesto, Stanislaus, California, United States, at the age of 75.

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Family Time Line

Charley Preston Adams
Bessie Elizabeth Pitts
Marriage: 1922
Zelda Lorraine Adams
Harriet Elizabeth Adams

Spouse and Children

California, United States


    Zelda Lorraine Adams


    Harriet Elizabeth Adams


Parents and Siblings



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World Events (8)


Age 1

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1891 · Angel Island Serves as Quarantine Station

Age 6

Angel Island served as a quarantine station for those diagnosed with bubonic plague beginning in 1891. A quarantine station was built on the island which was funded by the federal government at the cost of $98,000. The disease spread to port cities around the world, including the San Francisco Bay Area, during the third bubonic plague pandemic, which lasted through 1909.
1906 · Saving Food Labels

Age 21

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.

Name Meaning

1 English: variant of Pitt .2 Americanized spelling of German Pitz .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Bessie Adams in household of Charles Adams, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Bessie Adams in household of Charley Adams, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Bessie Pitts in household of Edgar Pitts, "United States Census, 1920"

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