Oakley Dowell Neal

12 May 1897–2 April 1987 (Age 89)
Aiken, Jo Daviess, Illinois, United States

The Life Summary of Oakley Dowell

When Oakley Dowell Neal was born on 12 May 1897, in Aiken, Jo Daviess, Illinois, United States, his father, Moses Lawrence Neal, was 38 and his mother, Laura Hestella Moore, was 32. He married Lorraine D Hurt on 24 December 1917, in Weakley, Tennessee, United States. He lived in Detroit Ward 1, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States in 1920 and St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, United States in 1930. He died on 2 April 1987, in Orange, California, United States, at the age of 89, and was buried in Lake Forest, Orange, California, United States.

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Oakley Dowell Neal
Lorraine D Hurt
Marriage: 24 December 1917

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  • Marriage
    24 December 1917Weakley, Tennessee, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1898 · War with the Spanish
    Age 1
    After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
    1904 · Belle Isle Aquarium
    Age 7
    The Belle Isle Aquarium is a public aquarium located in Belle Isle Park in Detroit. It opened on August 18, 1904, and was the oldest continually operating public aquarium in North America when it closed on April 3, 2005. The aquarium reopened to the public on August 18, 2012, and is now run entirely by volunteers
    1921 · The Detroit Historical Society
    Age 24
    Since its founding, the Detroit Historical Society has been dedicated to ensuring that the history of Detroit and its surrounding region is preserved. This is to help current and future generations better understand the people, places, and events that helped shape the lives of those who build up the city of Detroit.

    Name Meaning

    English (of Norman origin): from the Old French, Anglo-Norman French, and Middle English personal name Neel, Nele, Nihel, Niel, itself derived from the Latin name Nigellus (a diminutive of Latin niger ‘black’), originally a nickname for someone with black hair or a dark complexion. The name was very common among Normans and was brought to England at the time of the Norman Conquest. There has been considerable confusion with the Irish and Scottish Gaelic name Niall (see Neil ); the two names are now pronounced identically. It is theoretically possible that in Normandy, where the personal name was popular, that it was also used for Old Norse Njáll, but this is difficult to prove. Njáll was adopted from the Irish Gaelic personal name Niall by Vikings in Ireland, who took it back to Iceland and Norway, but whether the Vikings also took Njáll to Normandy and to the northwest of England, is an open question, which cannot be settled on the available evidence.English: alternatively from the Middle English personal name Nele, a variant of Nell as a pet form of Elias (see Ellis ). Compare Nelson , Nielson .Scottish and Irish: shortened form of McNeal (see McNeil ).

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

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    Sources (13)

    • Oakle D Neal in household of Milo C Brown, "United States Census, 1920"
    • Oakle Neal, "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950"
    • Oakley Dowell Neal, "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918"

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