Clara Jane Burt

13 April 1864–22 November 1950 (Age 86)
Sylvester, Green, Wisconsin, United States

The Life of Clara Jane

When Clara Jane Burt was born on 13 April 1864, in Sylvester, Green, Wisconsin, United States, her father, Lewis Burt, was 29 and her mother, Henrietta Hare, was 21. She married William M Towns on 3 March 1889, in Brodhead, Green, Wisconsin, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She lived in Iowa, United States in 1870 and Decatur, Green, Wisconsin, United States for about 60 years. She died on 22 November 1950, in Wisconsin, United States, at the age of 86.

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Family Time Line

William M Towns
Clara Jane Burt
Marriage: 3 March 1889
Ivan Jay Towns
Iva Mae Towns
Nellie Towns

Spouse and Children

3 March 1889
Brodhead, Green, Wisconsin, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Lewis Burt


    Henrietta Hare




    Helen Emelia Burt


    Lorenzo Burt



    Albert Lorin Burt


    Enos Burt


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World Events (8)


Age 1

Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.
1867 · The Burtis Opera House

Age 3

The Burtis Opera House opened in Davenport and could easily hold an audience of 1,600. It was a widely used facility and Mark Twain filled the house when he spoke on tour in 1869. It was also used to house Susan B. Anthony when she lectured on the woman's right to vote. The Quad City Symphony Orchestra played its first concert as the new Tri-City Symphony in the Opera House. An arsonist set fire to the building on the evening of April 26, 1921, and the building was severely destroyed. The building was rebuilt but was no longer used as an opera house.
1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

Age 26

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

1 English and Scottish: from the Old English personal name Byrht, a byform of Be(o)rht ‘bright’. Compare Bert .2 German: Middle High German burt ‘that which is due or proper’, therefore a nickname for someone who has fulfilled his obligations properly.3 Jewish (from Poland and Ukraine): variant of Burd .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Clara Burt in household of Abraham Burt, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Clara Towns in household of William Towns, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Clara Town in household of William Town, "Wisconsin State Census, 1905"

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