Bess Sylvia Akins

19 September 1898–8 May 1986 (Age 87)
Georgia, United States

The Life of Bess Sylvia

When Bess Sylvia Akins was born on 19 September 1898, in Georgia, United States, her father, John Claude Akins, was 23 and her mother, Nellie May Gray, was 17. She married Fred August Gappard on 1 January 1919, in Fort Bend Land District, Texas, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in Rosenberg, Fort Bend, Texas, United States in 1930 and Justice Precinct 1, Fort Bend, Texas, United States in 1940. She died on 8 May 1986, in Texas, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Alvin, Brazoria, Texas, United States.

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Family Time Line

Fred August Gappard
Bess Sylvia Akins
Marriage: 1 January 1919
Helen Arlene Gappard

Spouse and Children

1 January 1919
Fort Bend Land District, Texas, United States


    Helen Arlene Gappard


Parents and Siblings




    Myrtle May Akins



    Ceat Adkins


    William Archie Akins


+5 More Children

World Events (8)

1900 · Gold for Cash!

Age 2

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.
1901 · Spindletop Oilfield Discovered

Age 3

"Spindletop, located south of Beaumont, becomes the first major oil well to be discovered in Texas. Other fields were discovered in shortly after, which ultimately led to the highly impactful ""oil boom""."
1922 · Women Granted the Right to Vote

Age 24

The 19th Amendment, which allowed women the right to vote, was passed and became federal law on August 26, 1920. Georgia law prevented women from voting until 1922. The amendment wasn’t officially ratified until 1970.

Name Meaning

Scottish and northern Irish: variant spelling of Aikens .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Bessie Akins in household of John I Akins, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Essie Akin in household of Wm Akin, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Bessie Gappard in household of Fred Gappard, "United States Census, 1940"

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