Wilbur Topping

Brief Life History of Wilbur

When Wilbur Topping was born on 4 February 1862, in Bridgeport, Pease Township, Belmont, Ohio, United States, his father, Henry Topping, was 26 and his mother, Mary Rine Tallman, was 25. He married Clara Taylor on 7 April 1892, in Jackson, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Cicero Township, Cook, Illinois, United States in 1900 and Honey Creek Township, Vigo, Indiana, United States for about 20 years. His occupation is listed as secretary and general manager, bellaire stamping company, manufacturers of columbian enamel ware, gold and enameled signs, etc. in Harvey, Cook, Illinois, United States. He died on 6 December 1935, in Allendale, Honey Creek Township, Vigo, Indiana, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in Highland Lawn Cemetery, Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana, United States.

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Wilbur Topping
Clara Taylor
Marriage: 7 April 1892
Claire Topping
Lucile Topping
John Taylor Topping
Wilbur Taylor Topping

Sources (17)

  • Wilbur Topping in household of Jesse West, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Wilbur Topping, "Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991"
  • Wilbur H Topping, "Find A Grave Index"

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Name Meaning

English (Lancashire):

nickname from Middle English topping(e) ‘hair on the head’, probably given to someone with a distinctive head of hair or forelock. See also Topp and Topham .

perhaps from an unrecorded Old English personal name Topping, a pet form of Topp. See also Topp .

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

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