Bessie Yaw

23 February 1912–5 December 1978 (Age 66)
Alabama, United States

The Life of Bessie

When Bessie Yaw was born on 23 February 1912, in Alabama, United States, her father, Walter Dee Yaw, was 28 and her mother, Minerva Jane Coleman, was 28. She had at least 2 sons and 1 daughter with Elmer Reed Peoples. She lived in Election Precinct 15 Steen, Lamar, Alabama, United States in 1920 and Margaret, St. Clair, Alabama, United States for about 10 years. She died on 5 December 1978, in Springville, St. Clair, Alabama, United States, at the age of 66, and was buried in St. Clair, Alabama, United States.

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Family Time Line

Elmer Reed Peoples
Bessie Yaw
Elmer Leon Peoples
Ruby Kathleen Peoples
Charles D Peoples

Spouse and Children



Parents and Siblings

    Walter Dee Yaw


    Minerva Jane Coleman




    Mattie Yaw



World Events (8)

1913 · The Sixteenth Amendment

Age 1

The Sixteenth Amendment allows Congress to collect an income tax without dividing it among the states based on population.
1917 · The 167th Infantry Regiment

Age 5

The 167th Infantry Regiment of the Alabama National Guard was assigned to the 42nd “Rainbow Division” in World War II. The 167th fought in 5 major campaigns and served at the front longer than any other U.S. Regiment.

Age 19

The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.

Name Meaning

1 Irish: perhaps a reduced and altered Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Eochadha ( see McGaffey , McGeough ).2 English: probably a variant of Yeo .3 Chinese 邱: Cantonese variant of Qiu 1.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Bessie Yaw in household of Walter Yaw, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Bessie Peoples, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Bessie Peoples in household of Elmer Peoples, "United States Census, 1930"

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