John James Meister

11 September 1919–17 May 2003 (Age 83)
New York, United States

The Life of John James

When John James Meister was born on 11 September 1919, in New York, United States, his father, John Henry Meister, was 27 and his mother, Johanna F Murphy, was 17. He lived in Queens, New York, United States in 1930 and Queens, New York City, New York, United States in 1940. He died on 17 May 2003, at the age of 83, and was buried in Calverton, Riverhead, Suffolk, New York, United States.

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John Henry Meister
Johanna F Murphy
John James Meister
Virginia A Meister
Gloria M Meister
Richard William Meister

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World Events (8)


Age 1

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.

Age 1

Women are given the right to vote under the Nineteenth Amendment.

Age 22

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): status name for someone who was master of his craft, from Middle High German meister ‘master’ (from Latin magister). The surname Meister is established throughout central Europe; in Poland it is also spelled Majster. As an Ashkenazic Jewish surname it denoted a rabbi as a leading figure in a Jewish community.

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

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Sources (3)

  • J John Meister in household of Hans Meister, "United States Census, 1920"
  • John James Meister in household of Hans Meister, "United States Census, 1940"
  • John J Meister in household of Hans J Meister, "United States Census, 1930"

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