Oral Brake

12 June 1919–6 September 2003 (Age 84)
Duffy, Lewis, West Virginia, United States

The Life of Oral

When Oral Brake was born on 12 June 1919, in Duffy, Lewis, West Virginia, United States, his father, Ora Brake, was 37 and his mother, Harriet Safronia Wood, was 36. He died on 6 September 2003, in Elkins, Randolph, West Virginia, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in Kincaid Cemetery, Roane, West Virginia, United States.

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Oral Brake
Virginia Elouise Bolton Palmer

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    Harriet Safronia Wood





    Junaita Gay Brake


World Events (8)


Age 1

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.

Age 1

Women are given the right to vote under the Nineteenth Amendment.

Age 22

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

1 English: topographic name for someone who lived by a clump of bushes or by a patch of bracken. Brake ‘thicket’ and brake ‘bracken’ were homonyms in Middle English. The first is from Old English bracu; the second is by folk etymology from northern Middle English braken, -en being taken as a plural ending. After the words had fallen together, their senses also became confused.2 North German: habitational name from any of several places so named, notably the town on the Weser, or a topographic name from Middle Low German brāk ‘clearing’, ‘coppice’.

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

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