Leonard Calvin Black

22 October 1895–25 February 1996 (Age 100)
Staunton, Augusta, Virginia, United States

The Life of Leonard Calvin

When Leonard Calvin Black was born on 22 October 1895, in Staunton, Augusta, Virginia, United States, his father, Walter Arandus Black, was 25 and his mother, Alice Virginia Thurber, was 28. He married Ruth Belle Wagner on 25 June 1921, in Hamilton, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Staunton, Virginia, United States in 1910 and Richmond, Virginia, United States in 1930. He died on 25 February 1996, in Roanoke, Virginia, United States, at the age of 100, and was buried in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Roanoke, Virginia, United States.

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Family Time Line

Leonard Calvin Black
Ruth Belle Wagner
Marriage: 25 June 1921
Beverly Ann Black

Spouse and Children

25 June 1921
Hamilton, Tennessee, United States


    Beverly Ann Black


Parents and Siblings





    Roy Edward Black


    Opal McChesney Black


    Melvin D. Black


+2 More Children

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.
1899 · USS Shubrick is Launched

Age 4

On March 11, 1899 the USS Shubrick was laid, on October 31, 1899 it was launched. The ship was named after William Branford Shubrick. It was sponsored by Miss Caroline Shubrick and commissioned in 1901 with Lt Allen M Cook in command.
1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 28

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

Name Meaning

1 Scottish and English: from Middle English blak(e) ‘black’ (Old English blæc, blaca), a nickname given from the earliest times to a swarthy or darkhaired man.2 Scottish and English: from Old English blāc ‘pale’, ‘fair’, i.e. precisely the opposite meaning to 1, and a variant of Blake 2. Blake and Black are found more or less interchangeably in several surnames and place names.3 English: variant of Blanc as a Norman name. The pronunciation of the nasalized vowel gave considerable difficulty to English speakers, and its quality was often ignored.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Leonard C Black in household of Walter H Black, "United States Census, 1920"
  • L C Black, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Leonard C Black in household of Riley E Wagner, "United States Census, 1930"

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