Alfred Benjamen German

15 December 1882–10 August 1954 (Age 71)
Jasper, Missouri, United States

The Life of Alfred Benjamen

When Alfred Benjamen German was born on 15 December 1882, in Jasper, Missouri, United States, his father, William James German, was 40 and his mother, Elizabeth Shockley, was 29. He had at least 1 son with Della I Chrans. He lived in Ozark Township, Barton, Missouri, United States in 1900 and Havana, Mason, Illinois, United States for about 30 years. He died on 10 August 1954, at the age of 71, and was buried in Havana, Mason, Illinois, United States.

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Alfred Benjamen German
Molie German
Anna German
Hollie German

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    Anna German


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    Oscar Louis German



    Martin German



    Claude German


World Events (8)

1885 · The First Skyscraper

Age 3

The Home Insurance Building is considered to be the first skyscraper in the world. It was supported both inside and outside by steel and metal that were deemed fireproof and also it was reinforced with concrete. It originally had ten stories but in 1891 two more were added.

Age 4

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1901 · Assassination of Mckinley

Age 19

President William McKinley was shot at the Temple of Music, in the Pan-American Exposition, while shaking hands with the public. Leon Czolgosz shot him twice in the abdomen because he thought it was his duty to do so. McKinley died after eight days of watch and care. He was the third American president to be assassinated. After his death, Congress passed legislation to officially make the Secret Service and gave them responsibility for protecting the President at all times.

Name Meaning

1 English: ethnic name from Old French germain ‘German’ (Latin Germanus). This sometimes denoted an actual immigrant from Germany, but was also used to refer to a person who had trade or other connections with German-speaking lands. The Latin word Germanus is of obscure and disputed origin; the most plausible of the etymologies that have been proposed is that the people were originally known as the ‘spear-men’, with Germanic gēr, gār ‘spear’ as the first element.2 English (of Norman origin): from the Old French personal name Germain ( see Germain ).3 Americanized spelling of Spanish Germán or Hungarian Germán, cognates of 2.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Alfred B German, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Alfard German, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Alfred German in household of Elizabeth German, "United States Census, 1900"

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