Bessie Mae Slaughter

Female10 August 1904–30 August 1985

Brief Life History of Bessie Mae

When Bessie Mae Slaughter was born on 10 August 1904, in Licking, Texas, Missouri, United States, her father, John Henry Slaughter, was 35 and her mother, Barbara Ellen Roberts, was 23. She married Elmer C McPherson on 25 October 1924. She lived in Sherrill, Texas, Missouri, United States in 1930 and Sherrill Township, Texas, Missouri, United States in 1940. She died on 30 August 1985, in Rolla, Phelps, Missouri, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Licking, Texas, Missouri, United States.

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Elmer C McPherson
Bessie Mae Slaughter
Marriage: 25 October 1924

Sources (8)

  • Bessie M Mcpherson in household of Elmer C Mc Pherson, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Bessie Mae Slaughter McPherson, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Bessie Mcpherson in entry for Edward Franklin Slaughter, "Missouri, Phelps, Crawford, Dent, and Washington Counties, Obituaries, 1880-1990"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    25 October 1924
  • Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (4)

    World Events (8)

    1906 · Saving Food Labels

    Age 2

    The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.

    1906 · Licencing Butchers

    Age 2

    A law that makes it a crime to misbrand meat being sold as food, and ensures that the meat is slaughtered and processed under sanitary conditions.


    Age 23

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

    Name Meaning


    in East Anglia and Essex, an occupational name from Middle English slaughter ‘butcher’, a derivative of Middle English slaught ‘butchery’ + er, or from a shortened form of the synonymous Middle English slaughterer, a derivative of slaughter ‘butchery’ + -er. Compare Slater 2.

    in Sussex and Surrey a habitational name denoting residence at one or other of several minor placenames such as Slaughter Bridge in Slinfold, Slaughter Bridge in Shipley, Slaughterford (Farm) in Itchingfield, the lost Slaughters in Billingshurst (all Sussex), and Slaughterwicks Barn in Charlwood (Surrey). The names may derive from Middle English slo(gh) ‘sloe, blackthorn’ (Old English slāh) + tre ‘tree’ (Old English trēow), or from Middle English sloghtre, sloghtere ‘slough, mire, muddy place’, or perhaps ‘deep river valley’, or ‘ditch’ (Old English slōhtre). The latter is certainly the etymology of Upper and Lower Slaughter (Gloucestershire) and The Slaughter in English Bicknor (Gloucestershire).

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

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