Vesta Alice McKinney

14 January 1885–27 October 1971 (Age 86)
Lincolnville, Waldo, Maine, United States

The Life of Vesta Alice

When Vesta Alice McKinney was born on 14 January 1885, in Lincolnville, Waldo, Maine, United States, her father, Cyrus N Mckinney, was 38 and her mother, Josephine Ellen Bryant, was 31. She married Ralph Walter Richards on 20 October 1911, in Camden, Knox, Maine, United States. She died on 27 October 1971, in Whitefield, Lincoln, Maine, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Lincolnville, Waldo, Maine, United States.

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Ralph Walter Richards
Vesta Alice McKinney
Marriage: 20 October 1911

Spouse and Children

20 October 1911
Camden, Knox, Maine, United States

Parents and Siblings

    Cyrus N Mckinney


    Josephine Ellen Bryant




World Events (8)


Age 1

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1898 · Sinking of USS Maine

Age 13

During the Cuban War for Independence, the USS Maine had been sent to Havana to look out for the interests of the United States. On February 15, 1898, at approximately 21:40, an explosion on USS Maine was caused by roughly 5 long tons of powder. The front of the ship was demolished and the remains quickly sunk to the bottom of the ocean. 260 men lost their lives in the explosion itself, with at least six more dying afterwards from related injuries. The event kicked off an atmosphere of contention that would eventually lead to the Spanish-American War.
1908 · The Bureau of Investigation is formed

Age 23

Known as the National Bureau of Criminal Identification, The Bureau of Investigation helped agencies across the country identify different criminals. President Roosevelt instructed that there be an autonomous investigative service that would report only to the Attorney General.

Name Meaning

1 Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cionaodha or Mac Cionaoith ‘son of Cionaodh’, a personal name which is probably composed of the elements cion ‘respect’, ‘affection’ + Aodh, a Gaelic personal name, originally the name of the Celtic god of fire. The personal name thus probably means ‘beloved of Aodh’.2 Northern Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Coinnigh ‘son of Coinneach’, an Old Irish personal name equivalent to Scottish Kenneth . Compare Kenny . Also the Scottish name as in 1.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Vesla A Mckinney in household of Cyrus N Mckinney, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Vesta A Richards in household of Ralph W Richards, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Vestee A Richards in household of Ralph W Richards, "United States Census, 1930"

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