John Wesley Desgranges

Brief Life History of John Wesley

When John Wesley Desgranges was born on 23 April 1877, in Henry, Ohio, United States, his father, Peter Ludwig Desgranges, was 42 and his mother, Mary Dirr, was 35. He married Ruth Lenore Rowlader on 8 October 1913, in Charlotte, Eaton, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Ionia, Michigan, United States in 1935 and Eaton Rapids Township, Eaton, Michigan, United States in 1940. He died on 1 August 1961, in Lake Odessa, Odessa Township, Ionia, Michigan, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in Lake Odessa, Odessa Township, Ionia, Michigan, United States.

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John Wesley Desgranges
Ruth Lenore Rowlader
Marriage: 8 October 1913
Laura Mildred Desgranges
Jess Willard Desgranges
Paul Donald Desgranges
Lavon Wesley Desgranges
Alona Jewell Desgranges
Clarence Edward Desgranges
Opal Maxine DesGranges
Elwood George Desgranges
Aubrey Dean Desgranges
Glen Darrell Desgranges

Sources (22)

  • J W Desgranges, "United States 1950 Census"
  • John Wesley Desgranges, "Ohio, County Births, 1841-2003"
  • John W. Desgrenges, "Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925"

World Events (8)

1879 · New State Capitol Building Dedicated

After the second state capitol had been destroyed, Michigan Governor Henry P. Baldwin initiated the passing of a bill that would cover the costs for a new building. The bill was adopted and raised over $1 million by a six year state income tax. Architect Elijah E. Myers' design named Tuebor, or I will defend, was selected and he was commissioned to design the new capitol building. The renaissance revival brick and sandstone building soared 267 feet from the ground and was dedicated on January 1, 1879.

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

1900 · Gold for Cash!

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.

Name Meaning

Contracted form of Old French Jo(h)anne, from Latin Io(h)anna ( see Joanna ). In England this was the usual feminine form of John from the Middle English period onwards and was extremely popular, but in the 16th and 17th centuries it steadily lost ground to Jane . It was strongly revived in the first part of the 20th century, partly under the influence of George Bernard Shaw's play St Joan ( 1923 ), based on the life of Joan of Arc ( 1412–31 ). Claiming to be guided by the voices of the saints, she persuaded the French dauphin to defy the occupying English forces and have himself crowned, and she led the French army that raised the siege of Orleans in 1429 . The following year she was captured by the Burgundians and sold to the English, and a year later she was burned at the stake for witchcraft at the age of 18 or 19. Her story has captured the imagination of many writers, and she is variously portrayed as a national and political hero, a model of apolitical straightforwardness and honesty, and a religious heroine. She was canonized in 1920 . More recent influences have included the American film actress Joan Crawford ( 1908–77 , born Lucille le Sueur ), the British actress Joan Collins ( b. 1933 ), the American comedienne Joan Rivers ( b. 1933 ), and the West Indian pop singer Joan Armatrading ( b. 1950 ).

Dictionary of First Names © Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges 1990, 2003, 2006.

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