Mattie Jefferson

Female20 January 1890–22 June 1988

Brief Life History of Mattie

When Mattie Jefferson was born on 20 January 1890, in Tarrant, Texas, United States, her father, David Henry Jefferson, was 28 and her mother, Sarah Katherine Ross, was 28. She lived in Curry, New Mexico, United States in 1910 and Justice Precinct 3, Parmer, Texas, United States in 1910. She died on 22 June 1988, at the age of 98.

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Family Time Line

David Henry Jefferson
1861–1922
Sarah Katherine Ross
1861–1949
Hugh Jefferson
1884–1890
Ella Jefferson
1886–1940
Mattie Jefferson
1890–1988
Ara Jean Jefferson
1896–1981
Charles Henry Jefferson
1899–1978
Harry Lee Jefferson
1901–1992

Sources (5)

  • Mattie Jefferson in household of Henry D Jefferson, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Mattie G Randall, "United States, Social Security Numerical Identification Files (NUMIDENT), 1936-2007"
  • Mattie Jefferson in household of Henry Jefferson, "United States Census, 1900"

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World Events (8)

1894 · Texas Files Lawsuit Against Standard Oil Company

Age 4

Under the direction of Governor Jim Hogg, Texas filed a lawsuit against John D. Rockefeller for violating state monopoly laws. Hogg argued that Standard Oil Company and Water-Piece Oil Company of Missouri were engaged in illegal practices like price fixing, rebates, and consolidation. Rockefeller was indicted, but never tried in a court of law; other employees of his company were convicted as guilty.

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 6

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.

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 26

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.

Name Meaning

English (northern): patronymic from the Middle English personal name Geffrey or Jeffray (see Jeffrey ) + -son. In the late medieval period Geffreyson was increasingly pronounced Jeffrason, with shortening of the diphthong to a simple vowel, which was later commonly altered to Gefferson and Jefferson, with metathesis of -r- and this shortened vowel. In North America, this surname became especially common among African Americans (see 2 below).

African American: from the personal name Jefferson (or Thomas Jefferson), adopted in honor of Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd president of the US; or adoption of the surname in 1 above, in most cases probably for the same reason.

History: The third US president, author of the Declaration of Independence, and VA statesman Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826) relates in his memoirs a family tradition that he was descended from Welsh stock on his father's side, while noting the relative infrequency of the name Jefferson in Wales. It is a characteristically northern English name. — A Jefferson was among the burgesses who attended the first representative assembly at Jamestown, VA, in 1619.

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

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