John Gerrit Palma

29 August 1892–March 1972 (Age 79)
Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States

The Life of John Gerrit

When John Gerrit Palma was born on 29 August 1892, in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States, his father, Geert Jans Palma, was 35 and his mother, Ytje Teunis Tilma, was 33. He married Johanna or Josephine Neele on 29 September 1921, in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He died in March 1972, in Kent, Michigan, United States, at the age of 79.

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John Gerrit Palma
Johanna or Josephine Neele
Marriage: 29 September 1921
Edgar J Palma
William J Palma

Spouse and Children

29 September 1921
Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States



    William J Palma


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+8 More Children

World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 4

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.
1903 · Ford Motor Company

Age 11

"Henry Ford built his first gasoline-powered vehicle, named the Quadricycle, in 1896, at his home in Detroit. Ford sold the Quadricycle for $200 and used the money to build a second car. In 1901, Ford raced his car ""Sweepstakes"" against Alexander Winton and won. The victory resulted in publicity for Ford which allowed him to gain investors for his new company, Ford Motor Company. The first Model A was sold on July 23, 1903, and the company was incorporated on November 13, 1903."
1913 · The Sixteenth Amendment

Age 21

The Sixteenth Amendment allows Congress to collect an income tax without dividing it among the states based on population.

Name Meaning

1 Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Portuguese, and southern Italian: habitational name from any of various places named or named with Palma, from Latin palma ‘palm’.2 Portuguese: habitational name for someone from Parma in Italy.

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

Sources (3)

  • Johnie Palma in household of Gecit Palma, "United States Census, 1900"
  • John G Palms, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Johnie Palma in household of Gecit Palma, "United States Census, 1900"

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