Willis Shawn Braden

2 October 1895–October 1976 (Age 80)
Equality, Gallatin, Illinois, United States

The Life of Willis Shawn

When Willis Shawn Braden was born on 2 October 1895, in Equality, Gallatin, Illinois, United States, his father, Jacob Braden, was 50 and his mother, Mary E Smith, was 34. He married Bertha Russell on 21 September 1918, in Hamilton, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States in 1952 and Harrisburg, Saline, Illinois, United States in 1957. He died in October 1976, in Saline, Illinois, United States, at the age of 81.

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Willis Shawn Braden
Bertha Russell
Marriage: 21 September 1918
Elmer Earl Braden

Spouse and Children

21 September 1918
Hamilton, Illinois, United States


    Elmer Earl Braden


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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 1

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.
1897 · Beginnings of Kmart

Age 2

Detroit was the home of the second dime and nickel stores that S. S. Kresge owned. After two years with John McCrory, his partner, he traded his share in the Memphis store, plus $3,000, for full ownership of the Detroit store and formed the Kresge & Wilson Company with his brother-in-law, Charles J. Wilson. In 1962, the S. S. Kresge Company would rebrand and change their name to Kmart.

Age 22

U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.

Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Bradáin ‘descendant of Bradán’, a personal name meaning ‘salmon’. The Gaelic name was sometimes translated into English as Salmon or Fisher .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Willis Braden, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Willis Braden in household of Edward Braden, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Willis Brady in household of Jacob Brady, "United States Census, 1900"

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