Thelma Marguerite Liston

1916–1992 (Age 76)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States

The Life of Thelma Marguerite

When Thelma Marguerite Liston was born on 11 March 1916, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States, her father, Ellsworth Abraham Liston, was 38 and her mother, Nettie Sage, was 31. She married Ora Asa Prior on 13 April 1932. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in Linn, Washington, Kansas, United States in 1920 and Coleman Township, Washington, Kansas, United States in 1930. She died on 20 August 1992, in Torrance, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 76.

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Thelma Marguerite Liston
Ora Asa Prior
Marriage: 13 April 1932
Dorothy Leone Prior

Spouse & Children

13 April 1932


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World Events (8)


Age 1

U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.
1917 · The Green Corn Rebellion

Age 1

A farmer’s revolt known as the Green Corn Rebellion resulted due to frustration toward landowners and local authorities. A small group of wealthy landowners obtained property by fraudulent means which forced many Oklahoma farmers into a tenancy in 1917. Many farmers joined the Working Class Union who became hostile toward county officials. Hundreds of men gathered on the farm of John Spears in Sasakwa where they planned to march to Washington to repeal the draft act and end the war. Their plan included eating green corn and beef along the way, which gave the rebellion its name. An informer alerted authorities and their effort was halted as several groups collided with the rebels, firing shots into the air. The men scattered, three were killed, over 400 were arrested, and 150 were convicted and received federal prison sentences.
1937 · The Neutrality Act

Age 21

The Neutrality Acts were passed in response to the growing conflicts in Europe and Asia during the time leading up to World War II. The primary purpose was so the US wouldn't engage in any more foreign conflicts. Most of the Acts were repealed in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

1 English: habitational name from a place in Essex, so named from the Old English personal name Lissa (probably a pet form of Lēofsige; see Livesay 2) + tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.2 Scottish: habitational name from places in West Lothian and Midlothian, which probably have the same origin as in 1. This surname is also found in Ireland.

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Thelma Liston in household of Eldwith Liston, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Thelma M Liston in household of Ellsworth A Liston, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Thelma Liston in entry for Fred Donald Jackman and Dorothy Leone Prior, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"

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