Bessie Maude Harris

4 April 1895–19 August 1961 (Age 66)
Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of Bessie Maude

Bessie Maude Harris was born on 4 April 1895, in Pennsylvania, United States. She died on 19 August 1961, in Lewistown, Mifflin, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 66, and was buried in Mifflintown, Juniata, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Family Time Line

George Henry Shreffler
1895–1959
Bessie Maude Harris
1895–1961

Spouse and Children

World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 1

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1905 · The Movie Theater

Age 10

The world’s first movie theater was located in Pittsburgh. It was referred to as a nickelodeon as at the time it only cost 5 cents to get in. 
1913 · The Sixteenth Amendment

Age 18

The Sixteenth Amendment allows Congress to collect an income tax without dividing it among the states based on population.

Name Meaning

1 English and Welsh (very common in southern England and South Wales): patronymic from the medieval English personal name Harry , pet form of Henry .2 This name is also well established in Ireland, taken there principally during the Plantation of Ulster. In some cases, particularly in families coming from County Mayo, both Harris and Harrison can be Anglicized forms of Gaelic Ó hEarchadha.3 Greek: reduced form of the Greek personal name Kharalambos, composed of the elements khara ‘joy’ + lambein ‘to shine’.

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

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Sources (2)

  • Bessie Shreffler in household of George Shreffler, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Bessie Maude Harris Schreffler, "Find A Grave Index"

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