Dorr Frank Diefendorf

Male9 August 1874–13 December 1953

Brief Life History of Dorr Frank

When Dorr Frank Diefendorf was born on 9 August 1874, in Canajoharie, Montgomery, New York, United States, his father, John William Diefendorf, was 27 and his mother, Emma L Keller, was 28. He married Mabel A Runyon on 15 June 1897, in Newark Township, Essex, New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He immigrated to New York City, New York, United States in 1927 and lived in Newark Township, Essex, New Jersey, United States for about 10 years and Madison Borough, Morris, New Jersey, United States in 1930. He died on 13 December 1953, in Scotch Plains, Union, New Jersey, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Scotch Plains, Union, New Jersey, United States.

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Dorr Frank Diefendorf
Mabel A Runyon
Marriage: 15 June 1897
Robert Runyon Diefendorf
Katharine Diefendorf

Sources (12)

  • Dora F Diefendorf in household of Solomon Keller, "New York State Census, 1875"
  • Door F. Diefendorf, "New Jersey, Marriages, 1670-1980"
  • Dorr Frank Diefendorf, "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918"

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  • Marriage
    15 June 1897Newark Township, Essex, New Jersey, United States
  • Children (2)

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    Siblings (4)

    World Events (8)

    1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

    Age 1

    In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.


    Age 5

    Thomas Edison had been seeking to create a more practical and affordable version of the lightbulb, primarily for home use. Edison had attempted several different materials, including platinum and other metals, before ultimately deciding on a carbon filament. On October 21, 1879, Edison finally carried out the first successful test of this new light bulb in Menlo Park, New Jersey.

    1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

    Age 22

    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.

    Name Meaning

    German: habitational name, apparently from a lost or unidentified place called Diefendorf. It is possible that the place in question is in fact Dübendorf near Zurich, Switzerland, which became to Diebenderf in the Palatinate (listed as a name of the Palatines), and subsequently transformed to Diefendorf, modified on the model of Diefenbach , a very frequent surname in southwestern Germany.

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

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