James Alva Messamore

16 September 1895–7 October 1969 (Age 74)
Christian, Kentucky, United States

The Life of James Alva

When James Alva Messamore was born on 16 September 1895, in Christian, Kentucky, United States, his father, John W H Messemore, was 27 and his mother, Ellen Elizabeth “Ella” P’Pool, was 32. He married Doshia Elizabeth Downs on 5 November 1911, in Christian, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Magisterial District 7, Christian, Kentucky, United States in 1900 and Magisterial District 7, Lawrence, Kentucky, United States in 1910. He died on 7 October 1969, in Henderson, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 74.

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James Alva Messamore
Doshia Elizabeth Downs
Marriage: 5 November 1911
James Edward Messamore
William Dessie Messamore
Bertha Elizabeth Messamore

Spouse and Children

5 November 1911
Christian, Kentucky, United States


    James Edward Messamore


    William Dessie Messamore


    Bertha Elizabeth Messamore


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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 1

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.
1900 · Governor Shot

Age 5

On January 30, 1900 Governor William Goebel of Kentucky was assassinated. He took a bullet to the chest, outside the Old State Capitol. He died on February 3, 1900.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 21

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

Name Meaning

Origin unidentified. Probably a variant of Messimer .

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • James A Messimore in household of Floyd Green, "United States Census, 1910"
  • James A Messamore in household of Elizabeth E Messamore, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Alvin Messemore, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"

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