Nellie Mae Altom

1902–1995 (Age 92)
Clay City, Clay, Illinois, United States

The Life of Nellie Mae

When Nellie Mae Altom was born on 9 July 1902, in Clay City, Clay, Illinois, United States, her father, Jesse Thomas Altom, was 45 and her mother, Harriet Elizabeth Ince, was 46. She married Benjamin Franklin Clark on 21 February 1920, in Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Richland Township, Scott, Missouri, United States for about 10 years. She died on 22 May 1995, in Cape Girardeau, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, United States, at the age of 92.

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Nellie Mae Altom
Benjamin Franklin Clark
Marriage: 21 February 1920
Benamin Franklin Clark, Jr.
Robert Ozell Clark
Jessie Lucille Clark
Wayne Allen Clark

Spouse & Children

21 February 1920
Missouri, United States


Parents & Siblings

  • Jesse Thomas Altom


  • Harriet Elizabeth Ince




+1 More Child

World Events (8)

1903 · Department of Commerce and Labor

Age 1

A short-lived Cabinet department which was concerned with controlling the excesses of big business. Later being split and the Secretary of Commerce and Labor splitting into two separate positions.
1904 · The World's Fair of 1904

Age 2

St. Louis hosted the 1904 World's Fair and welcomed a crowd of 200,000 visitors on opening day of April 30, 1904. The fair had exhibits from 50 countries and 43 states. Several notable inventions showcased at the fair include iced tea and the ice cream cone. By the time of its closing in December 1904, over 20 million people had visited the fair.

Age 25

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

Name Meaning

Probably one of several variants of English Halton or Alton , but it could also be an altered form of English Altham, which is a habitational name from Altham in Whalley, Lancashire, named in Old English as ‘river meadow (hamm) of the swans (elfitu)’.

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Nillie Clark in household of Ben F Clark, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Nellie May Clark in household of Ben F Clark, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Nellie Altens in household of Jessie Altens, "United States Census, 1910"

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