William Wesley Shockey

9 April 1887–1 January 1969 (Age 81)
Howard, Indiana, United States

The Life of William Wesley

When William Wesley Shockey was born on 9 April 1887, in Howard, Indiana, United States, his father, Lewis Washington Shockey, was 30 and his mother, Sara Elizabeth Downey, was 16. He married Verlista James on 15 January 1912, in Marion, Grant, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Mill Township, Grant, Indiana, United States in 1920 and Gas City, Grant, Indiana, United States in 1930. He died on 1 January 1969, in Upland, Grant, Indiana, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Fairmount, Fairmount Township, Grant, Indiana, United States.

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William Wesley Shockey
Verlista James
Marriage: 15 January 1912
Lewis Daniel Shockey
Mary Elizabeth Shockey
Helen C. Shockey
Lydia Irene Shockey
Robert Leroy ( W.) Shockey
William Wesley Shockey Jr
Wilma A Shockey

Spouse and Children

15 January 1912
Marion, Grant, Indiana, United States


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World Events (8)

1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

Age 3

This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.
1906 · Gary, Indiana, Is Founded

Age 19

The town of Gary, Indiana, was founded by the United States Steel Corporation in 1906. The Gary Works steel mill was the largest integrated mill in North America. The city of Gary was named after Elbert Henry Gary who was the founding chairman of the United States Steel Corporation and American lawyer and county judge. Gary partnered with J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, and Charles M. Schwab to found the United States Steel Corporation.
1909 · The NAACP is formed

Age 22

Organized as a civil rights organization, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a bi-racial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans. It is one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the nation.

Name Meaning

Americanized form of Dutch and North German Schaake .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Wesley Shocky in household of Corda Allen, "United States Census, 1910"
  • William W Shockey in household of Louis W Shockey, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Wesley Shockey, "United States Census, 1920"

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