William Benajah Fosdick

12 March 1882–8 December 1929 (Age 47)
Brownsville, Union, Indiana, United States

The Life of William Benajah

When William Benajah Fosdick was born on 12 March 1882, in Brownsville, Union, Indiana, United States, his father, Frank Fremont Fosdick, was 25 and his mother, Addie F Jones, was 24. He married Marie A. Detlefsen on 12 July 1904, in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States. He lived in At Sea in 1910. He died on 8 December 1929, in Fort Lauderdale, Broward, Florida, United States, at the age of 47, and was buried in Miami, Miami-Dade, Florida, United States.

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William Benajah Fosdick
Marie A. Detlefsen
Marriage: 12 July 1904

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12 July 1904
Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States

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World Events (8)


Age 4

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1887 · Eatonville is Incorporated

Age 5

On August 15, 1887, the town of Eatonville was incorporated into Orange County, Florida. The town is significant for being one of the first all-black, self-governed municipalities in the country.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 14

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

English: habitational name from a place in Lincolnshire, so called from the genitive case of the Old English byname Fōt, meaning ‘foot’ (or the Old Norse cognate Fótr), + Old English dīc ‘ditch’, ‘dike’ ( see Ditch ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • William B Fosdick, "United States Census, 1910"
  • William Benijah Fosdick, "United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940"
  • William B. Fosdick, "Florida Deaths, 1877-1939"

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