Edith Rosella Dewald

22 April 1893–18 March 1971 (Age 77)
Pine Township, Columbia, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life Summary of Edith Rosella

When Edith Rosella Dewald was born on 22 April 1893, in Pine Township, Columbia, Pennsylvania, United States, her father, Gernard Stitsel Dewald, was 20 and her mother, Margaret J Heddings, was 17. She married James David Pursel on 13 October 1910, in Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Nescopeck, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States in 1910 and Scott Township, Columbia, Pennsylvania, United States for about 20 years. She died on 18 March 1971, at the age of 77, and was buried in Almedia, Scott Township, Columbia, Pennsylvania, United States.

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James David Pursel
Edith Rosella Dewald
Marriage: 13 October 1910
Leroy H Pursel
Margaret A Pursel
Kenneth L Pursel

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    13 October 1910Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson
    Age 3
    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 12
    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. 
    1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress
    Age 23
    Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

    Name Meaning

    German: from the personal name Diebold, from Middle High German Dietbold, from Old High German diot ‘people, nation’ + bald ‘brave, strong’. As an American surname this is also an altered form of the cognate Theobald . Compare Davolt , Dawalt , Daywalt , Devault 3, and Dewalt 1.History: One of the first Dewalds in North America was Johannes Michael Dewald from Medard, a village in the Palatinate, Germany, who arrived at Philadelphia, PA, in 1738 on the ship Glasgow. He married Maria Barbara Schmidt and settled in Berks County, PA. His father's surname was Theobald. Michael's descendants also bear some other altered forms of the surname, including Dewalt, Dawalt, and Davolt. — One of the earliest immigrants who bore the original German surname Dewald was Henry alias He(i)nrich Dewald from the Palatinate, Germany, who arrived in PA in 1766. His descendants mainly bear altered forms of the surname, especially Devault .

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

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    Sources (8)

    • Edith Lehman in household of Sterling Lehman, "United States Census, 1940"
    • Edith R Dewald, "Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950"
    • Edith R Dewald in household of Garner Dewald, "United States Census, 1900"

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