William Earl Russell

13 July 1914–8 February 1996 (Age 81)
North Carolina, United States

The Life of William Earl

When William Earl Russell was born on 13 July 1914, in North Carolina, United States, his father, Charles Edgar Russell, was 27 and his mother, Nora Ellen Boroughs, was 27. He married Helen Olive Overcash on 25 December 1936, in High Point, Guilford, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in Biscoe, Montgomery, North Carolina, United States for about 10 years and High Point, Guilford, North Carolina, United States in 1940. He died on 8 February 1996, at the age of 81, and was buried in High Point, Guilford, North Carolina, United States.

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William Earl Russell
Helen Olive Overcash
Marriage: 25 December 1936
Patricia Earline Russell
Michael O. Russell

Spouse and Children

25 December 1936
High Point, Guilford, North Carolina, United States


    Patricia Earline Russell


    Michael O. Russell


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World Events (8)

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 2

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.
1918 · Fort Bragg Established

Age 4

Named after Confederate General Braxton Bragg, Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina was established on September 4, 1918. It was used as one of three training camps used during WWI.
1937 · The Neutrality Act

Age 23

The Neutrality Acts were passed in response to the growing conflicts in Europe and Asia during the time leading up to World War II. The primary purpose was so the US wouldn't engage in any more foreign conflicts. Most of the Acts were repealed in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

1 English, Scottish, and Irish: from Rousel, a common Anglo-Norman French nickname for someone with red hair, a diminutive of Rouse with the hypocoristic suffix -el.2 Americanized spelling of German Rüssel, from a pet form of any of the various personal names formed with the Old High German element hrōd ‘renown’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • William E Russell, "United States Census, 1940"
  • W Earl Russel in household of Charlie E Russel, "United States Census, 1930"
  • William E Russell in household of Charlie E Russell, "United States Census, 1920"

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