Jesse Lee Harp

22 May 1919–8 April 1949 (Age 29)
Oklahoma, United States

The Life of Jesse Lee

When Jesse Lee Harp was born on 22 May 1919, in Oklahoma, United States, his father, William Lafayette "Fate" Harp, was 33 and his mother, Bessie Lona Sullivan, was 28. He lived in Saint Louis, Pottawatomie, Oklahoma, United States in 1930. He died on 8 April 1949, in Bakersfield, Kern, California, United States, at the age of 29, and was buried in Bakersfield, Kern, California, United States.

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Jesse Lee Harp
Clara Alma Mc Allister

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    Clara Alma Mc Allister


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    Faye Dean Harp


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.
1921 · Tulsa Race Massacre

Age 2

 By 1921, Tulsa was a booming city with a population of over one hundred thousand, with ten thousand African Americans in the Greenwood District. Crime rates in Tulsa soared and vigilantism was present. An incident occurred with Dick Rowland, an African American shoe shiner, and Sara Page, a white elevator operator. Reports claim Rowland stepped on Page’s foot and she let out a scream. The newspaper reported Rowland attempted to rape Page. Rowland was arrested and white vigilantes demanded the sheriff to hand over Rowland for lynching. An armed group of African American men went to the courthouse to aid in protecting Rowland from the mob. The group was turned away and a shot was fired between the white and African American groups, which ignited a riot. While buildings in Tulsa were burned, a major effort by whites focused mainly on the Greenwood District which was burned to the ground and many were shot. Over 30 people were killed and many were injured in the riots. 

Age 10

13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: metonymic occupational name for a harpist ( see Harper ), or occasionally a habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a harp.2 English: habitational name from a minor place such as Harp House in Eastwood, Essex, or South Harp in South Petherton, Somerset, denoting a place where salt was produced, from Old English hearpe ‘harp’, an implement used in the processing of salt. Compare Harpham .3 German: metonymic occupational name for a harpist, from Middle High German harpfe ‘harp’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Jesse L Harp in household of Lafayette W Harp, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Jessie Harp in entry for William Lafayette Harp, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
  • Jesse Lee Harp, "California Death Index, 1940-1997"

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