Mary Josephine Gaston

12 February 1918–12 January 1996 (Age 77)
Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas, United States

The Life of Mary Josephine

When Mary Josephine Gaston was born on 12 February 1918, in Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas, United States, her father, Oscar Caldwell Gaston, was 26 and her mother, Madge Virginia Spence, was 20. She married Anthony Wilden Lillywhite on 25 May 1936, in Maricopa, Pinal, Arizona, United States. She died on 12 January 1996, at the age of 77.

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Family Time Line

Anthony Wilden Lillywhite
Mary Josephine Gaston
Marriage: 25 May 1936

Spouse and Children

25 May 1936
Maricopa, Pinal, Arizona, United States

Parents and Siblings




    Oscar Caldwell Gaston


    Jack Thomas Gaston


World Events (8)

1919 · The Eighteenth Amendment

Age 1

The Eighteenth Amendment established a prohibition on all intoxicating liquors in the United States. As a result of the Amendment, the Prohibition made way for bootlegging and speakeasies becoming popular in many areas. The Eighteenth Amendment was then repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment. Making it the first and only amendment that has been repealed.
1929 · The Great Depression Arrives

Age 11

Like most of the country, the economy of Texas suffered greatly after the Stock Market Crash of 1929. Thousands of city workers were suddenly unemployed and relied on a variety of government relief programs; unemployed Mexican citizens were required to take one-way bus tickets to Mexico.

Age 23

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

A name imported from France, as in Gaston de Foix. The surname has been written as De la Garston, which could derive from Anglo-Saxon "garstun," or grass enclosure. The name Garstin has also been used, which could be from the Old Norman personal name Geirsteinn. But Gaston is more probably from the French word "gaston," or like the Parisian names Gastot, Gasteau, Gastal, a diminutive of the name Gast, from "gast," which may come from Latin "vastus," meaning huge or burly. Some have translated the old word "gastos" as savant or sage and have connected the word to the old Gaulish names Wisogastus, Husegastus, Salegastus, and Losogastus, who wrote the Salic Law.

Sources (3)

  • Mary Jo Gaston in household of O C Gaston Jr., "United States Census, 1920"
  • Mary J Lillywhite in household of O C Gaston, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Mary Gaston in household of Oscar Gaston, "United States Census, 1930"

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