Cornetta Celeste Simpson

Female18 September 1926–21 September 1985

Brief Life History of Cornetta Celeste

When Cornetta Celeste Simpson was born on 18 September 1926, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, her father, Robert Fredrick " Fred" Simpson, was 29 and her mother, Elva Maud Cornett, was 32. She married William Henry Rackley on 21 October 1947, in Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada, United States. She died on 21 September 1985, in Cottonwood, Shasta, California, United States, at the age of 59, and was buried in Cottonwood, Shasta, California, United States.

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William Henry Rackley
Cornetta Celeste Simpson
Marriage: 21 October 1947

Sources (10)

  • Cornetta C Simpson in household of Fred R Simpson, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Cornetta Celeste Simpson, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
  • Cornetta C Simpson, "Nevada County Marriages, 1862-1993"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    21 October 1947Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada, United States
  • Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (4)

    World Events (8)


    Age 1

    Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.

    1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

    Age 8

    Alcatraz Island officially became Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on August 11, 1934. The island is situated in the middle of frigid water and strong currents of the San Francisco Bay, which deemed it virtually inescapable. Alcatraz became known as the toughest prison in America and was seen as a “last resort prison.” Therefore, Alcatraz housed some of America’s most notorious prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. Due to the exorbitant cost of running the prison, and the deterioration of the buildings due to salt spray, Alcatraz Island closed as a penitentiary on March 21, 1963. 

    1942 · The Japanese American internment

    Age 16

    Caused by the tensions between the United States and the Empire of Japan, the internment of Japanese Americans caused many to be forced out of their homes and forcibly relocated into concentration camps in the western states. More than 110,000 Japanese Americans were forced into these camps in fear that some of them were spies for Japan.

    Name Meaning

    Scottish (Lanarkshire) and English: patronymic from the Middle English and Older Scots personal name Sim(m), Sime (see Sim ) + -son.

    English: occasionally a variant of Sumsion with unrounding of the vowel before the nasal consonant, a dialect feature of southwestern England.

    English: habitational name from any of the three places called Simpson or one called Zemson, all in Devon. The one in Holsworthy parish derives from an uncertain first element + Old English tūn ‘farmstead, estate’, while the one in Diptford comes from the Old English personal name Sigewine (genitive Sigewines) + Old English tūn. Both the one in Torbryan and Zempson in Dean Prior probably also have the same origin as the Diptford placename.

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

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