John William Best

15 April 1897–9 February 1970 (Age 72)
Wayne, North Carolina, United States

The Life Summary of John William

When John William Best was born on 15 April 1897, in Wayne, North Carolina, United States, his father, General Dock Best, was 27 and his mother, Polly Ann Best, was 27. He married Clara Fields on 11 January 1922, in Tuckahoe, Jones, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Stony Creek Township, Wayne, North Carolina, United States in 1910 and Goldsboro Township, Wayne, North Carolina, United States in 1940. He registered for military service in 1918. He died on 9 February 1970, in Goldsboro, Wayne, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 72, and was buried in Wayne, North Carolina, United States.

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Family Time Line

John William Best
Clara Fields
Marriage: 11 January 1922
John Thomas Best
Auretha Best
Elbert Best
Thaddeus Best
Junious Lynwood Best
Marie Best
Rudolph Best
Sherman Best

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    11 January 1922Tuckahoe, Jones, North Carolina, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1898 · War with the Spanish
    Age 1
    After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
    1900 · Gold for Cash!
    Age 3
    This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.
    Age 20
    U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.

    Name Meaning

    English and northern Irish: nickname from Middle English best(e) (Old English betst) ‘best, finest (person)’.English, northern Irish, and French: nickname from Middle English best(e), Old French beste ‘beast, animal’ (especially those used for food or work), applied either as a metonymic occupational name for someone who looked after beasts, such as a herdsman, or as a nickname for someone thought to resemble an animal. Compare English Bester 1.English: from a Middle English adverbial expression of the Best, but the meaning is unknown.

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

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    Sources (35)

    • John William Best in entry for John Thomas Best, "North Carolina, Center for Health Statistics, Vital Records Unit, County Birth Records, 1913-1922"
    • John Bert, "United States Census, 1930"
    • John W Best in entry for Elbert O Best and Dorothy Lee Raiford, "North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 "

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