William Percy Betts

11 April 1879–27 February 1961 (Age 81)
Payson, Utah, Utah, United States

The Life Summary of William Percy

When William Percy Betts was born on 11 April 1879, in Payson, Utah, Utah, United States, his father, John Ebenezer Betts, was 35 and his mother, Hannah Susan Powell, was 26. He married Sarah Leone Laney on 4 October 1916, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Salt Lake City Ward 1, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1910 and Tooele, Tooele, Utah, United States in 1910. He died on 27 February 1961, in Orange, Orange, California, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, Millcreek, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Percy Betts
Sarah Leone Laney
Marriage: 4 October 1916
William Laney Betts
Ruth Laney Betts
Alden Laney Betts

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    4 October 1916Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield
    Age 2
    Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
    1882 · Electricity Comes to Los Angeles
    Age 3
    Electricity was first introduced to Los Angeles. The first electric street light had “three carbon-arc lamps of three thousand candle-power” and stood 150 feet tall. 
    1901 · Assassination of Mckinley
    Age 22
    President William McKinley was shot at the Temple of Music, in the Pan-American Exposition, while shaking hands with the public. Leon Czolgosz shot him twice in the abdomen because he thought it was his duty to do so. McKinley died after eight days of watch and care. He was the third American president to be assassinated. After his death, Congress passed legislation to officially make the Secret Service and gave them responsibility for protecting the President at all times.

    Name Meaning

    English: variant of Bett , with excrescent -s, a patronymic or metronymic from the medieval personal name Bett, a short form of Bartholomew, Beatrice, or Elizabeth.Americanized form of German Betz .

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

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    Sources (39)

    • William P Betts in household of Lydia White, "United States Census, 1910"
    • William P. Betts, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1940"
    • William Percy Betts in entry for William Laney Betts, "California, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945"

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