Lawrence Franklin Bessant

7 June 1918–14 March 2002 (Age 83)
Illinois, United States

The Life of Lawrence Franklin

When Lawrence Franklin Bessant was born on 7 June 1918, in Illinois, United States, his father, Frederick Robert Bessant, was 56 and his mother, Anna Elizabeth Murry, was 34. He married Viola Fern Warkins on 28 August 1945, in Rock Falls, Whiteside, Illinois, United States. He lived in Atkinson, Henry, Illinois, United States for about 20 years. He died on 14 March 2002, in Kewanee, Henry, Illinois, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Geneseo, Henry, Illinois, United States.

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Lawrence Franklin Bessant
Viola Fern Warkins
Marriage: 28 August 1945

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28 August 1945
Rock Falls, Whiteside, Illinois, United States

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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 The Eighteenth Amendment was then repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment. Making it the first and only amendment that has been repealed.
1925 · Woman's World's Fair

Age 7

The first Woman's World's Fair was held in Chicago in 1925. The idea of the completely women-run fair was to display the progress of ideas, work, and products of twentieth-century women

Age 23

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

English: from Middle English besant, the name of a gold coin (via Old French from Latin (nummus) byzantius, so called because it was first minted at Byzantium). The surname arose as a metonymic occupational name for a minter or moneyer or else as a nickname for a man who was considered to be rich or miserly.

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

Sources (3)

  • Lawrence Bessant in household of Anna Bessant, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Lawrence Beskans in household of Frederick R Beskans, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Laurence Bessant in household of Fred R Bessant, "United States Census, 1930"

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