Iva Florence Besst

22 June 1868–7 December 1939 (Age 71)
Cedar Rapids, Boone, Nebraska, United States

The Life of Iva Florence

When Iva Florence Besst was born on 22 June 1868, in Cedar Rapids, Boone, Nebraska, United States, her father, Solomon S Besst, was 34 and her mother, Martha E Henderson, was 23. She married David Timothy Hankins on 21 December 1891, in Elkader, Clayton, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Oneida, Delaware, Iowa, United States for about 10 years and Honey Creek Township, Delaware, Iowa, United States in 1930. She died on 7 December 1939, in Greeley Township, Audubon, Iowa, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in Clayton, Iowa, United States.

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David Timothy Hankins
Iva Florence Besst
Marriage: 21 December 1891
James Francis Hankins
joe hankins
Isa May Hankins
David William Wiley Hankins
Osa Maud Hankins
Jennie Elmina Hankins
Loae E Hankins
Alice Alva Hankins
Archie Cecil Hankins

Spouse and Children

21 December 1891
Elkader, Clayton, Iowa, United States


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Parents and Siblings


    Martha E Henderson




    Archibald Willliam Besst


    Ira B. Besst



    Alva Rogers Besst


    Alvalo Best


+4 More Children

World Events (8)

1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Age 2

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.
1884 · There is now a Capital Building

Age 16

The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.
1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

Age 22

This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.

Name Meaning

Catalan (Bessó): nickname for a twin, bessó, a derivative of Latin bis ‘twice’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Florence Besst in household of Solomon Besst, "Iowa State Census, 1885"
  • Florence Hankins in household of D T Hankins, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Florence Hankins in household of David Hankins, "United States Census, 1910"

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