Margery Madeline Houston

Brief Life History of Margery Madeline

When Margery Madeline Houston was born on 13 May 1922, in Broken Bow, Custer, Nebraska, United States, her father, Clarence Houston, was 22 and her mother, Lillian Margarette Webb, was 17. She married John Frederick Gibbs on 22 November 1941, in District of Columbia, United States. She died on 17 June 1985, in San Mateo, California, United States, at the age of 63.

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Robert F McDonald
1920–
Margery Madeline Houston
1922–1985
Marriage: 6 October 1973

Sources (5)

  • Margery M Oakes, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Margery M Houston, "California Marriage Index, 1960-1985"
  • Margery Macdonald, "United States Social Security Death Index"

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World Events (8)

1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.

1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Alcatraz Island officially became Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on August 11, 1934. The island is situated in the middle of frigid water and strong currents of the San Francisco Bay, which deemed it virtually inescapable. Alcatraz became known as the toughest prison in America and was seen as a “last resort prison.” Therefore, Alcatraz housed some of America’s most notorious prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. Due to the exorbitant cost of running the prison, and the deterioration of the buildings due to salt spray, Alcatraz Island closed as a penitentiary on March 21, 1963. 

1941

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from the barony of Houston (Renfrewshire), from the genitive case of the personal name Hugh + Middle English, Older Scots ton ‘town, village, settlement’ (Old English tūn ‘enclosure, settlement’). The landlord in question was a certain Hugo de Paduinan, who held the place c. 1160. The Scottish surname is also common in Ulster.

Irish: variant of McCutcheon from Mac Uisdein or Mac Uistein.

History: In 1836 the newly founded city of Houston, TX, was named in honor of Sam Houston (1793–1863), soldier and statesman. As commander in chief of the Texan army he achieved Texas independence from Mexico by routing the army of the Mexican general Santa Anna. His ancestors were Ulster Scots who had emigrated to Philadelphia, PA, in the 18th century.

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

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