Mary Ellen Thompson

1887–1966 (Age 79)
California, United States

The Life of Mary Ellen

When Mary Ellen Thompson was born on 9 February 1887, in California, United States, her father, Johan Berent Thomsen, was 22 and her mother, Elenor Ann Finley, was 17. She married William Laurence Silva on 28 December 1908, in Modesto, Stanislaus, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She lived in San Francisco, California, United States in 1900 and Petaluma, Sonoma, California, United States for about 10 years. She died on 8 October 1966, in Sonoma, California, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Petaluma, Sonoma, California, United States.

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Mary Ellen Thompson
William Laurence Silva
Marriage: 28 December 1908
William Russell Silva

Spouse & Children

28 December 1908
Modesto, Stanislaus, California, United States


Parents & Siblings

  • Johan Berent Thomsen


  • Female1869–1944Female



World Events (8)

1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

Age 3

This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.
1891 · Angel Island Serves as Quarantine Station

Age 4

Angel Island served as a quarantine station for those diagnosed with bubonic plague beginning in 1891. A quarantine station was built on the island which was funded by the federal government at the cost of $98,000. The disease spread to port cities around the world, including the San Francisco Bay Area, during the third bubonic plague pandemic, which lasted through 1909.
1908 · The Bureau of Investigation is formed

Age 21

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 English: patronymic from Thomas . Thompson is widely distributed throughout Britain, but is most common in northern England and northern Ireland.2 Americanized form of Thomsen .

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Mary E Thompson in household of Albert Thompson, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Mary E Silva in household of William L Silva, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Mary E Silva in household of William L Silva, "United States Census, 1930"

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