Charles Alfred Colwell

Male31 July 1917–27 April 1999

Brief Life History of Charles Alfred

When Charles Alfred Colwell was born on 31 July 1917, in Sharpsville, Liberty Township, Tipton, Indiana, United States, his father, Henry Albert Colwell, was 33 and his mother, Kathryn Carver, was 28. He married Ruth Louise Adams on 13 March 1945, in Brown Land District, Texas, United States. He lived in Jasper, Missouri, United States in 1935 and West Riverside Judicial Township, Riverside, California, United States in 1940. He died on 27 April 1999, in Columbia, Boone, Missouri, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Laurel Oak Cemetery, Windsor Township, Henry, Missouri, United States.

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Charles Alfred Colwell
Ruth Louise Adams
Marriage: 13 March 1945

Sources (7)

  • Charles Colwell in household of Willard Colwell, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Charles A Colwell, "Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965"
  • Charles Alford Colwell, "California, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    13 March 1945Brown Land District, Texas, United States
  • Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (6)

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    World Events (8)

    1918 · Attempting to Stop the War

    Age 1

    To end World War I, President Wilson created a list of principles to be used as negotiations for peace among the nations. Known as The Fourteen Points, the principles were outlined in a speech on war aimed toward the idea of peace but most of the Allied forces were skeptical of this Wilsonian idealism.

    1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

    Age 17

    Alcatraz Island officially became Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on August 11, 1934. The island is situated in the middle of frigid water and strong currents of the San Francisco Bay, which deemed it virtually inescapable. Alcatraz became known as the toughest prison in America and was seen as a “last resort prison.” Therefore, Alcatraz housed some of America’s most notorious prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. Due to the exorbitant cost of running the prison, and the deterioration of the buildings due to salt spray, Alcatraz Island closed as a penitentiary on March 21, 1963. 


    Age 24

    Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

    Name Meaning

    English (southern England and West Midlands): habitational name from any of the places in Northumberland and Devon named Colwell. The former is named with Old English col ‘(char)coal’ or cōl ‘cool’ + well(a) ‘spring, stream’; the latter has as the first element a Celtic river name, Coly, apparently meaning ‘narrow’. Alternatively, a habitational name from Colwall (Herefordshire), or Colwell House in Wivelsfield (Sussex).

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

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