Bernice Gervaise Topping

Female5 December 1903–2 May 1986

Brief Life History of Bernice Gervaise

When Bernice Gervaise Topping was born on 5 December 1903, in Michigan, United States, her father, James Frank Topping, was 42 and her mother, Harriet Margaret Fowler, was 39. She lived in Detroit Ward 4, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States in 1910. She died on 2 May 1986, at the age of 82.

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James Frank Topping
Harriet Margaret Fowler
Raymond Palmer Topping
Marion Adelaide Topping
Florence E. Topping
Lena Topping Stevens
Marjorie Eloise Topping
Earl Walker Topping
Bernice Gervaise Topping

Sources (2)

  • Bernice G Topping in household of J Frank Topping, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Bernice Gervane Topping, "Michigan Births, 1867-1902"

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Siblings (7)

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World Events (8)


Age 1

St. Louis, Missouri, United States hosts Summer Olympic Games.

1910 · Upper Twin Falls Bridge

Age 7

The Upper Twin Falls Bridge which connected Breitung Township, Michigan, to Florence County, Wisconsin. The through-truss bridge spanned the Menominee River and was completed in 1910. The bridge was closed to through traffic in 1971 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Age 24

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

Name Meaning

English (Lancashire):

nickname from Middle English topping(e) ‘hair on the head’, probably given to someone with a distinctive head of hair or forelock. See also Topp and Topham .

perhaps from an unrecorded Old English personal name Topping, a pet form of Topp. See also Topp .

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

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