Fred Elias Tanner

1896–1963 (Age 66)
Lewisville, Lafayette, Arkansas, United States

The Life of Fred Elias

When Fred Elias Tanner was born on 3 May 1896, in Lewisville, Lafayette, Arkansas, United States, his father, William Whitmill Tanner, was 38 and his mother, Melinda Josephine Lewis, was 30. He had at least 1 son and 1 daughter with Minnie Hally Smith. He lived in McCurtain, Oklahoma, United States in 1910 and Justice Precinct 1, Bowie, Texas, United States for about 5 years. He died on 14 January 1963, in Bowie, Texas, United States, at the age of 66, and was buried in Northwood Cemetery, Texarkana, Bowie, Texas, United States.

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Family Time Line

Fred Elias Tanner
Minnie Hally Smith
Hulen Jack Tanner
Myra Jean Tanner

Spouse & Children



  • Hulen Jack Tanner


  • Myra Jean Tanner


Parents & Siblings

  • William Whitmill Tanner


  • Melinda Josephine Lewis




  • Lloyd Tanner


  • Male1888–1956Male

  • Maude Tanner


  • Nide Tanner


  • Daniel Dozier Tanner


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World Events (8)

1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 2

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1901 · Spindletop Oilfield Discovered

Age 5

"Spindletop, located south of Beaumont, becomes the first major oil well to be discovered in Texas. Other fields were discovered in shortly after, which ultimately led to the highly impactful ""oil boom""."
1914 · Steamboat Service Established with New York

Age 18

Satilla was the first Deepwater Steamship to arrive at the port of Houston. This accomplishment successfully established a steamboat service between Houston and New York City.

Name Meaning

1 English and Dutch: occupational name for a tanner of skins, Middle English tanner, Middle Dutch taenre. (The Middle English form derives from Old English tannere, from Late Latin tannarius, reinforced by Old French taneor, from Late Latin tannator; both Late Latin forms derive from a verb tannare, possibly from a Celtic word for the oak, whose bark was used in the process.)2 Swiss and German: habitational name for someone from any of several places called Tanne (in the Harz Mountains and Silesia) or Tann (southern Germany).3 Finnish: topographic or ornamental name from Finnish tanner ‘open field’.

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Freddie Tanner in household of Whitmill Tanner, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Fred Tanner, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Fred Tanner, "United States Census, 1940"

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