Sonna Son

Female17 June 1931–29 August 2014

Brief Life History of Sonna

When Sonna Son was born on 17 June 1931, in Danville, Vermilion, Illinois, United States, her father, Melvin Son, was 30 and her mother, Opal Scott, was 27. She married Parris Hooker Hester on 27 May 1958, in Montgomery, Tennessee, United States. She lived in Ridge Farm, Vermilion, Illinois, United States in 1996 and Mesquite, Dallas, Texas, United States in 2000. She died on 29 August 2014, in Urbana, Champaign, Illinois, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Vermilion Grove Cemetery, Vermilion Grove, Vermilion, Illinois, United States.

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Parris Hooker Hester
Sonna Son
Marriage: 27 May 1958

Sources (6)

  • Irma Sow in household of Dora Scott, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Sonna Son, "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950"
  • Hester, "Find A Grave Index"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    27 May 1958Montgomery, Tennessee, United States
  • Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (2)

    World Events (8)


    Age 1

    Amelia Earhart completes first solo nonstop transatlantic flight by a woman.

    1932 · The Miners Union

    Age 1

    After a contract proposal reducing wages by $1.10 a day, employees of the United Mine Workers came together and created the Progressive Miners of America in southern Illinois. After discontent arose over the 67 years of operation, the union was dissolved.

    1954 · Right to Serve on Juries

    Age 23

    In 1954, women finally won the right to serve on juries.

    Name Meaning

    Some characteristic forenames: Chinese Young, Jong, Sang, Jung, Kwang, Dong, Jin, Yong, Joon, Seung, Sung, Chan. Korean Chong, Chang, Byung, Chung, Jung Hyun, Young Chul, Young Seok, Chul, Myong, Sang Wook, Sookja, Thai, Minh, Ha, Lam, Hien, Hoa, Hoang, Banh, Cao, Duc, Dung, Son, Suong.

    Korean (손): there is one Chinese character for the Son surname (孫, meaning ‘grandson’). Some sources mention as many as 118 clans for the Son family, but only seven can be documented. According to legend, the Son clan's founding ancestor was named Kuryema (俱 禮馬) and was one of the six pre-Shilla elders who made Pak Hyŏkkŏse (朴 赫居世) the first king of Shilla (孫 順). The first documented ancestor, however, was called Son Sun (孫 順). Sun is said to have lived a poverty-stricken existence in the Shilla period and his rise from poverty to prosperity is the subject of legends. His son was a voracious eater and ate Sun's old mother's food as well as his own. Sun, feeling that he could always get another son but that his mother was irreplaceable, decided to go into the mountains to bury his son. When he dug into the ground, however, he found a bell. He hung the bell on a nearby tree and rang it. So loud and clear was the cry of the bell that the king heard it in the palace below and came to investigate. The king was amazed at the bell and gave Sun a house and food. Later, a Buddhist temple was built on that spot. The founding ancestor of the Iljik (or Andong) Son clan originally bore the surname Sun, but during the reign of Koryŏ king Hyŏnjong (1009–1031), Sun was changed to Son.

    Chinese: variant Romanization of the surname 宋, see Song 3.

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

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