Berdena Grace Williams

September 1869–17 December 1953 (Age 84)
Iowa, United States

The Life of Berdena Grace

When Berdena Grace Williams was born in September 1869, in Iowa, United States, her father, Horace Risley Williams, was 23 and her mother, Mary Ann Johnston, was 19. She married John Alex Kneen on 20 January 1892, in Henry, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She lived in Scott Township, Henry, Iowa, United States for about 10 years and Winfield, Henry, Iowa, United States for about 10 years. She died on 17 December 1953, in Iowa, United States, at the age of 84.

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John Alex Kneen
Berdena Grace Williams
Marriage: 20 January 1892
Karl William Kneen

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20 January 1892
Henry, Iowa, United States


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World Events (8)

1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Age 1

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.
1884 · There is now a Capital Building

Age 15

The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 27

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.

Name Meaning

English (also very common in Wales): patronymic from William .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Berdena G Williams in household of Horace R Williams, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Berdan G Kneen in household of John W Kneen, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Berna Kneen in household of John Kneen, "United States Census, 1900"

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