A. Bertha Gates

16 August 1869–1966 (Age 96)
Lunenburg, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada

The Life of A. Bertha

When A. Bertha Gates was born on 16 August 1869, in Lunenburg, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, her father, John Gaetz, was 39 and her mother, Mary Jane Shuffleburg, was 21. She married Oscar Godfrey Moström on 14 October 1893, in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Middleborough, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States in 1920 and Wareham, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States for about 10 years. She died in 1966, in Fairhaven, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 97.

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Oscar Godfrey Moström
A. Bertha Gates
Marriage: 14 October 1893
Rachel Moström
Stanley Gates Mostron
Harold Augustus Mostrom
Richard Mostrom
Esther Mostrom
Stanley Moström
Dan Gordon Mostrom
Miriam Mostrom
Howard Morgan Mostrom
Philip Oscar Mostrom
Christina Mostrom
Margaret Mostrom

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14 October 1893
Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, United States


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World Events (8)

1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Age 1

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.

Age 2

British Columbia joins the confederation.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 27

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.

Name Meaning

1 English: topographic name for someone who lived by the gates of a medieval walled town. The Middle English singular gate is from the Old English plural, gatu, of geat ‘gate’ ( see Yates ). Since medieval gates were normally arranged in pairs, fastened in the center, the Old English plural came to function as a singular, and a new Middle English plural ending in -s was formed. In some cases the name may refer specifically to the Sussex place Eastergate (i.e. ‘eastern gate’), known also as Gates in the 13th and 14th centuries, when surnames were being acquired.2 Americanized spelling of German Götz ( see Goetz ).3 Translated form of French Barrière ( see Barriere ).

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

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  • Bertha Gaetz in household of John Gaetz, "Canada Census, 1881"
  • Aletha A Mostrom in household of Oscar G Mostrom, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Bertha A Mostrom in household of Oscar G Mostrom, "United States Census, 1940"

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