Ana Belle Merson

24 November 1873–1 August 1985 (Age 111)
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

The Life Summary of Ana Belle

Ana Belle Merson was born on 24 November 1873, in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland as the daughter of John Merson and Margaret Fowley. She married Robert Tocher on 19 June 1905, in California, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Judicial Township 1, Lake, California, United States in 1910 and Middletown, Lake, California, United States in 1920. She died on 1 August 1985, in Merced, California, United States, at the age of 111.

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Family Time Line

Robert Tocher
Ana Belle Merson
Marriage: 19 June 1905
Lionel Walter Tocher
Margaret Helen Tocher
James Robert Tocher

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    19 June 1905California, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    Age 11
    Art Nouveau Period (Art and Antiques).
    1891 · Angel Island Serves as Quarantine Station
    Age 18
    Angel Island served as a quarantine station for those diagnosed with bubonic plague beginning in 1891. A quarantine station was built on the island which was funded by the federal government at the cost of $98,000. The disease spread to port cities around the world, including the San Francisco Bay Area, during the third bubonic plague pandemic, which lasted through 1909.
    1906 · Great San Francisco Earthquake
    Age 33
    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.

    Name Meaning

    Jewish (Ashkenazic): patronymic from a shortened form of Meyer 2, + German Sohn ‘son’.English: variant of Marson , itself a variant of Marston .Scottish: probably of the same etymology as the English name in 1 above, i.e. from a place called as ‘the farmstead in the marsh’.

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

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    Sources (16)

    • Annabella Merson in entry for Lional John Willian Tocher, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • Anna Belle Ischer in household of Robert Ischer, "United States Census, 1910"
    • Annabella Merson in entry for Lionel John William Tocher and Mary Ferree Meskimons, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"

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