Douglas Gilbert Furness

2 December 1911–1 October 1985 (Age 73)
Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa

The Life of Douglas Gilbert

When Douglas Gilbert Furness was born on 2 December 1911, in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa, his father, Thomas Edward Furness, was 23 and his mother, Lena Metz, was 19. He married Ordnier Mabel Kleinschmidt on 9 January 1944, in Haddonfield, Camden, New Jersey, United States. He lived in Glenolden, Delaware, Pennsylvania, United States in 1930 and Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States in 1940. He died on 1 October 1985, in Voorhees Township, Camden, New Jersey, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in Woodbury Memorial Park, Woodbury, Gloucester, New Jersey, United States.

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Douglas Gilbert Furness
Ordnier Mabel Kleinschmidt
Marriage: 9 January 1944

Spouse and Children

9 January 1944
Haddonfield, Camden, New Jersey, United States

Parents and Siblings

    Thomas Edward Furness





World Events (8)

1912 · The Girl Scouts

Age 1

Like the Boy Scouts of America, The Girl Scouts is a youth organization for girls in the United States. Its purpose is to prepare girls to empower themselves and by acquiring practical skills.

Age 2

Natives Land Act introduced to prevent blacks, except those living in Cape Province, from buying land outside reserves.

Age 20

The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.

Name Meaning

1 English: regional name from the district on the south coast of Cumbria (formerly in Lancashire), earlier Fuðarnes, so named from the genitive case (Fuðar) of Old Norse Fuð, meaning ‘rump’, the name of the peninsula, formerly of an island opposite the southern part of this district + Old Norse nes ‘headland’, ‘nose’.2 Norwegian: habitational name from any of various farms, particularly in Møre og Romsdal, named Furnes, from Old Norse fura ‘pine’ + nes ‘headland’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Douglass Furness in household of Louis Stahl, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Douglas Fruness in household of Emile Alexander, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Douglass Furness in household of Weir Mitchell, "United States Census, 1930"

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