Clara Best

1869–1953 (Age 84)
Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom

The Life of Clara

When Clara Best was born in 1869, in Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom, her father, James Best, was 29 and her mother, Anne, was 28. She had at least 1 son and 1 daughter with William John Quinton. She lived in Cardiff St Johns, Glamorgan, Wales in 1891 and Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom in 1901. She died in 1953, in Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales, at the age of 84.

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Family Time Line

William John Quinton
Clara Best
Louisa Ann Quinton
William James K Quinton

Spouse and Children



    Louisa Ann Quinton


    William James K Quinton


Parents and Siblings

    James Best






    Alfred Best


    Elizabeth A Best


    Emma Jane Best



    Alice Best


+2 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 15

Art Nouveau Period (Art and Antiques).
1890 · Welsh Industry Affected by U.S Tariff 

Age 21

In 1890, President McKinley and Congress passed the McKinley Tariff, which have had direct effect on Southern Wales. All foreign exports were taxed, including tinplates from the iron and copper mines in Wales.
1900 · Strike at Penrhyn Slate Quarry

Age 31

The strike at Penrhyn Slate Quarry was the longest in Wales history, lasting from November 22, 1900 to 1903. When workers in the quarry were informed that union dues were no longer being collected, they started protesting.

Name Meaning

1 English, northern Irish, and French: from Middle English, Old French beste ‘animal’, ‘beast’ (Latin bestia), applied either as a metonymic occupational name for someone who looked after beasts—a herdsman—or as a derogatory nickname for someone thought to resemble an animal, i.e. a violent, uncouth, or stupid man. It is unlikely that the name is derived from best, Old English betst, superlative of good. By far the most frequent spelling of the French surname is Beste, but it is likely that in North America this form has largely been assimilated to Best.2 German: from a short form of Sebastian .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Clara Best in household of James Best, "England and Wales Census, 1871"
  • Clara Quinton in household of James Best, "England and Wales Census, 1891"
  • Clara Quinton, "England and Wales Census, 1911"

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