James Wesley Best

5 April 1881–3 June 1953 (Age 72)
Harrodsburg, Mercer, Kentucky, United States

The Life of James Wesley

When James Wesley Best was born on 5 April 1881, in Harrodsburg, Mercer, Kentucky, United States, his father, Samuel Taylor Best, was 40 and his mother, Rachal Althea Roberts, was 38. He married Tommy Nesba Middleton on 5 November 1902, in Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. He lived in Mercer, West Virginia, United States in 1920 and Magisterial District 1, Jefferson, Kentucky, United States in 1940. He died on 3 June 1953, in Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 72, and was buried in Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky, United States.

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James Wesley Best
Tommy Nesba Middleton
Marriage: 5 November 1902
Iva Belle Best
Roberta Lea Best

Spouse and Children

5 November 1902
Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky, United States


    Iva Belle Best


    Roberta Lea Best


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World Events (8)

1882 · The Chinese Exclusion Act

Age 1

A federal law prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The Act was the first law to prevent all members of a national group from immigrating to the United States.
1892 · The Radio is invented

Age 11

Kentucky native Nathan Stubblefield invented the radio in 1892
1900 · Gold for Cash!

Age 19

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.

Name Meaning

1 English, northern Irish, and French: from Middle English, Old French beste ‘animal’, ‘beast’ (Latin bestia), applied either as a metonymic occupational name for someone who looked after beasts—a herdsman—or as a derogatory nickname for someone thought to resemble an animal, i.e. a violent, uncouth, or stupid man. It is unlikely that the name is derived from best, Old English betst, superlative of good. By far the most frequent spelling of the French surname is Beste, but it is likely that in North America this form has largely been assimilated to Best.2 German: from a short form of Sebastian .

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

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Sources (3)

  • James W Best, "United States Census, 1940"
  • James W Best, "United States Census, 1910"
  • James W Best, "United States Census, 1920"

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