Retta Valentine Fowler

1891–1977 (Age 86)
Blount, Alabama, United States

The Life of Retta Valentine

When Retta Valentine Fowler was born on 2 July 1891, in Blount, Alabama, United States, her father, Albert Henry Fowler, was 22 and her mother, Sarah Cordilla J Doty, was 18. She married James Arthur Dennis Burns on 16 February 1908, in Garden City, Cullman, Alabama, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. She lived in Rural, Clarke, Alabama, United States in 1935 and Election Precinct 10 Bremen, Cullman, Alabama, United States in 1940. She died on 4 September 1977, in Cullman, Cullman, Alabama, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Cullman Memorial Gardens, Cullman, Cullman, Alabama, United States.

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Family Time Line

Retta Valentine Fowler
James Arthur Dennis Burns
Marriage: 16 February 1908
Alma Estelle Burnes
Orland Francis Burns
Alice Audrey Burns
Sarah Deloris Burns

Spouse & Children

16 February 1908
Garden City, Cullman, Alabama, United States


  • Alma Estelle Burnes


  • Orland Francis Burns


  • Alice Audrey Burns


  • Sarah Deloris Burns


Parents & Siblings

  • Male1868–1950Male

  • Sarah Cordilla J Doty




+9 More Children

World Events (8)

1895 · Alabama State Flag is Adopted

Age 4

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 5

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.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 25

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a bird-catcher (a common medieval occupation), Middle English fogelere, foulere(Old English fugelere, a derivative of fugol ‘bird’).

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Retta V Fowler in household of Albert ? Fowler, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Valentine R Burns in household of James A D Burns, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Rettie Burns in household of Dennis Burns, "United States Census, 1940"

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