Mary Belle Short

5 May 1905–24 September 1981 (Age 76)
Moore, North Carolina, United States

The Life of Mary Belle

Mary Belle Short was born on 5 May 1905, in Moore, North Carolina, United States as the daughter of Donnie Johnnie Short. She married Duncan Douglas West Sr on 31 March 1923, in Danville, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Gilmer Township, Guilford, North Carolina, United States in 1910. She died on 24 September 1981, in Greensboro, Guilford, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Greensboro, Guilford, North Carolina, United States.

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Duncan Douglas West Sr
Mary Belle Short
Marriage: 31 March 1923
Coleen West
Duncan Douglas West Jr

Spouse and Children

    Duncan Douglas West Sr



31 March 1923
Danville, Virginia, United States


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World Events (8)

1906 · Saving Food Labels

Age 1

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.
1918 · Fort Bragg Established

Age 13

Named after Confederate General Braxton Bragg, Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina was established on September 4, 1918. It was used as one of three training camps used during WWI.

Age 22

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

Name Meaning

1 English: nickname from Middle English schort ‘short’.2 Scottish and northern Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Gheairr, Mac an Ghirr‘son of the short man’ ( see McGirr ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Mary West in household of Duncan West, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Mary Bell West in household of Duncan W West, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Mary Barber in household of George Barber, "United States Census, 1910"

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