Mae Violet Gillett

Brief Life History of Mae Violet

When Mae Violet Gillett was born on 21 June 1884, in Packwood, Jefferson, Iowa, United States, her father, Orlin Hubbard Gillett, was 39 and her mother, Elizabeth Stewart Moore, was 37. She married James De Coursey Ridgeway on 7 June 1905, in Jefferson, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. She lived in Keswick, Keokuk, Iowa, United States in 1925 and Jackson Township, Keokuk, Iowa, United States in 1930. She died on 2 April 1955, in Ollie, Keokuk, Iowa, United States, at the age of 70, and was buried in Ollie, Keokuk, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

James De Coursey Ridgeway
1884–1948
Mae Violet Gillett
1884–1955
Marriage: 7 June 1905
Audrey Evelyn Ridgeway
1907–1994
Elizabeth Gillett Ridgway
1911–2012
Iva Kathryn Ridgway
1919–2006
Leigh Garth Ridgeway
1921–2010

Sources (13)

  • Maine V Ridgeway in household of James Ridgeway, "United States Census, 1910"
  • May Violet Gillette, "Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934"
  • May Gillett in entry for Leigh Garth Ridgeway, "Iowa, Birth Records, 1921-1942"

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Name Meaning

English: when pronounced with a soft G (/dʒ/), it is usually from the Middle English (Old French) personal name Gillet, Gilot, Giliot, or Geliot. These are diminutives of Gille or Gilly, which are commonly pet forms of the (often female) name Gilian, Gelian (see Gillian ). Gilot and Gillet are also probably pet forms of Giles .

English (of Norman origin): when pronounced with hard G, it is more likely from the Middle English personal name Gilot, a borrowing of Old French Guillot, a pet form of Guillaume (see William ) and a doublet of Willett .

English: habitational name from one or other of the numerous minor places called Gillhead, such as those in the parishes of Matterdale, Moresby, Castle Sowerby, and Westward (all Cumberland), formed from Middle English gil(le) ‘ravine, narrow valley’ (Old Norse gil) + hed, heved ‘head’. This would become Gillett, with hard g.

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

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