Olive Bell Norris

about 1895–29 April 1950 (Age 55)
Alabama, United States

The Life of Olive Bell

Olive Bell Norris was born about 1895, in Alabama, United States. She married Leon Nix Massengale on 9 November 1913, in Montgomery, Montgomery, Alabama, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. She died on 29 April 1950, in Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama, United States, at the age of 55.

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Leon Nix Massengale
Olive Bell Norris
Marriage: 9 November 1913
Charles Nix Massengale
Jesse L. Massengale
James Robert Massengale

Spouse and Children

9 November 1913
Montgomery, Montgomery, Alabama, United States


World Events (8)

1895 · Alabama State Flag is Adopted

Age 0

Alabama adopted its state flag on February 16, 1895. Act 383 of the Alabama state legislature states, “The flag of the State of Alabama shall be a crimson cross of St. Andrew on a field of white.”
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.
1910 · The BSA is Made

Age 15

Being modeled after the Boy Scout Association in England, The Boy Scouts of America is a program for young teens to learn traits, life and social skills, and many other things to remind the public about the general act of service and kindness to others.

Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and Irish:1. regional name for someone who had migrated from the North (i.e. further north in England, or from Scotland or Scandinavia), from Old French nor(r)eis ‘northerner’. 2. topographic name for someone who lived in a house on the north side of a settlement or estate, from Middle English north ‘north’ + hous ‘house’. 3. occupational name for a wet-nurse or foster mother, from Old French nurice, norrice (Latin nutrix, genitive nutricis).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Ollie Bell Norris in entry for Charles Nix Massengale and Sue Ellen Or Peggy Robertson Williams, "Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950"
  • Ollie Belle Norris in entry for Charles Nix Massengale and Ethel Inez Goldman, "Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Olive B. Norris - Government record: birth-name: Olive B. Norris

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