William Gaston Black

Brief Life History of William Gaston

When William Gaston Black was born on 11 August 1874, in Tennessee, United States, his father, Jessie E L Black, was 33 and his mother, Mary ‘Polly’ Mina Wise, was 37. He married Margaret Emaline Meadows on 14 November 1894, in Loudon, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Civil District 15, Hardin, Tennessee, United States in 1900 and Justice Precinct 1, McLennan, Texas, United States in 1910. He died on 13 February 1911, in McLennan, Texas, United States, at the age of 36.

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Family Time Line

William Gaston Black
1874–1911
Margaret Emaline Meadows
1870–1936
Marriage: 14 November 1894
Mary Black
1896–1916
Thomas Eugene Warren Black
1899–1984
Cecil Black
1901–
William Arthur Black
1902–1982
Daisy Irene Black
1904–1997
King David Black
1906–1994
Edith Elizabeth Black
1908–2003

Sources (9)

  • W G Black, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Will Black, "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950"
  • Wm Black in entry for Mary Elvina Black, "Tennessee Deaths, 1914-1966"

World Events (8)

1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.

1878 · Yellow Fever Epidemic

When a man that had escaped a quarantined steamboat with yellow fever went to a restaurant he infected Kate Bionda the owner. This was the start of the yellow fever epidemic in Memphis, Tennessee. By the end of the epidemic 5,200 of the residence would die.

1886

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: chiefly from Middle English blak(e) ‘black’ (Old English blæc, blaca), a nickname given from the earliest times to a swarthy or dark-haired man. However, Middle English blac also meant ‘pale, wan’, a reflex of Old English blāc ‘pale, white’ with a shortened vowel. Compare Blatch and Blick . With rare exceptions it is impossible to disambiguate these antithetical senses in Middle English surnames. The same difficulty arises with Blake and Block .

Scottish: in Gaelic-speaking areas this name was adopted as a translation of the epithet dubh ‘dark, black-(haired)’, or of various other names based on Gaelic dubh ‘black’, see Duff .

Americanized form (translation into English) of various European surnames directly or indirectly derived from the adjective meaning ‘black, dark’, for example German and Jewish Schwarz and Slavic surnames beginning with Čern-, Chern- (see Chern and Cherne ), Chorn-, Crn- or Czern-.

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

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