Lettie Viola Stiff

14 November 1894–28 October 1948 (Age 53)
Dunnigan, Yolo, California, United States

The Life of Lettie Viola

When Lettie Viola Stiff was born on 14 November 1894, in Dunnigan, Yolo, California, United States, her father, Wilford Edward Stiff, was 29 and her mother, Fannie Mae Jones, was 23. She married Francis Jacob Wilson in 1915, in California, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Crockett, Contra Costa, California, United States in 1920 and Judicial Township 15, Contra Costa, California, United States in 1940. She died on 28 October 1948, at the age of 53, and was buried in Alhambra Cemetery, Martinez, Contra Costa, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Francis Jacob Wilson
Lettie Viola Stiff
Marriage: 1915
Anna Gertrude Wilson
Ann Willson
Wilford " Buddy" Wilson
Daniel Paul Wilson
Frances Viola Wilson
Mary Doris Wilson
Louis Canapa Wilson

Spouse and Children

    Francis Jacob Wilson



California, United States


+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Wilford Edward Stiff


    Fannie Mae Jones




    Ethel Alma Stiff



    Elizabeth Stiff


    Isaac Edward Stiff



+5 More Children

World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 2

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1906 · Great San Francisco Earthquake

Age 12

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook San Francisco for approximately 60 seconds on April 18, 1906. A 1906 report by US Army Relief Operations recorded the death toll for San Francisco and surrounding areas at 664. Later reports record the number at over 3,000 deaths. An estimated 225,000 people were left homeless from the widespread destructuction as 80% of the city was destroyed.
1909 · The NAACP is formed

Age 15

Organized as a civil rights organization, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a bi-racial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans. It is one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the nation.

Name Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English stif ‘rigid’, ‘inflexible’, hence a nickname for someone who had difficulty in bending. The term was also used in a transferred sense of character (generally in the approving sense ‘resolute’, ‘steadfast’) from the 12th century, and this use may lie behind many examples of the surname.

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

Sources (3)

  • Lottie Vranjish in household of Jack Vranjish, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Lettie V Wilson in household of Frank Wilson, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Lottie V Stiff in household of William Stiff, "United States Census, 1910"

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