Orval J Doney

25 October 1905–21 December 1992 (Age 87)
Frankburg, Foothills No. 31, Alberta, Canada

The Life Summary of Orval J

When Orval J Doney was born on 25 October 1905, in Frankburg, Foothills No. 31, Alberta, Canada, his father, Joseph Doney, was 28 and his mother, Elleanor Isabelle Johnson, was 26. He married Beulah Alberta Walker on 26 June 1937. He immigrated to San Francisco, California, United States in 1931 and lived in Alberta, Canada in 1911. He died on 21 December 1992, in Edmonton, Edmonton Metropolitan Region, Alberta, Canada, at the age of 87, and was buried in Edmonton, Edmonton Metropolitan Region, Alberta, Canada.

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Orval J Doney
Beulah Alberta Walker
Marriage: 26 June 1937

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  • Marriage
    26 June 1937
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    World Events (8)

    1906 · Saving Food Labels
    Age 1
    The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.
    Age 9
    New Zealand occupies Western Samoa during World War I and continues to administer it after the war by virtue of a League of Nations mandate (and a United Nations mandate after World War II).
    Age 24
    13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.

    Name Meaning

    English (Cornwall): of uncertain origin. There is a Richard Donowe recorded in 1451-64 as a tenant in Manuels, Saint Columb Minor, whose surname appears to be a pet form of an unidentified personal name with the Cornish hypocoristic suffix -ow. Formally this might have become Doney but Donowe itself seems not to have survived, unless it was altered to Downey . However, there is no evidence to suggest any connection of this west Cornwall surname with Doney in central and east Cornwall (Bodmin and Quethiock). Alternatively, perhaps it is a variant of the Devon name Downey , and with the main vowel shortened and lowered, but evidence for this is lacking.Americanized form of French Canadian Daunais or Donais .

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

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    BROTHERS OF CORA DONEY WILCOX 26 January 1988 - written by Orval J. Doney for Golden's 80th birthday party spelling, grammar and punctuation are left as in the original He was born on the homest …

    Sources (12)

    • Arvil J Doney in household of Joseph Doney, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960"
    • Orval J Doney in household of Joseph Doney, "Utah, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records, 1914-1960"
    • Orval J. Doney, "California, index to San Francisco passenger lists, 1893-1934"

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