Augustus Gird Betham

22 January 1916–14 March 2003 (Age 87)
Apia, Tuamasaga, Upolu, Samoa

The Life of Augustus Gird

When Augustus Gird Betham was born on 22 January 1916, in Apia, Tuamasaga, Upolu, Samoa, his father, Augustus de Silva Betham, was 34 and his mother, Mary Jane Johnston, was 28. He married Gertrude Laura Brown on 20 April 1941, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States. He died on 14 March 2003, in Hemet, Riverside, California, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Augustus Gird Betham
Gertrude Laura Brown
Marriage: 20 April 1941

Spouse and Children

20 April 1941
Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States

Parents and Siblings



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World Events (8)


Age 1

U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.
1937 · Los Angeles California Temple

Age 21

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the Los Angeles California Temple on March 6, 1937. 

Age 23

U.S. troops stationed in Western Samoa during World War II, but no battles are fought on the islands.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of various places, for example in North Yorkshire and Gloucestershire, named Bentham, from Old English beonet ‘bent grass’ + hām ‘homestead’ or hamm ‘enclosure hemmed in by water’.

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

Sources (3)

  • Augustus Gird Betham, "California, Southern District Court (Central) Naturalization Index, 1915-1976"
  • Augustus Gird Betham, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"
  • Augustus Gird Becham, "Samoa Baptisms, 1863-1940"

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