Zula Ruth Boggs

2 April 1890–1 May 1953 (Age 63)
Normantown, Gilmer, West Virginia, United States

The Life of Zula Ruth

When Zula Ruth Boggs was born on 2 April 1890, in Normantown, Gilmer, West Virginia, United States, her father, Minter Jackson Boggs, was 38 and her mother, Rebecca Jane James, was 36. She married Don Franklin Shock on 17 October 1909, in Gilmer, West Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. She died on 1 May 1953, in her hometown, at the age of 63, and was buried in Normantown, Gilmer, West Virginia, United States.

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Family Time Line

Don Franklin Shock
Zula Ruth Boggs
Marriage: 17 October 1909
Rebecca Juanita Shock
Virginia Clotelle Shock
John Boggs Shock
James Franklin Shock
Jackson Shock
Barbara Jarvis

Spouse and Children

17 October 1909
Gilmer, West Virginia, United States


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Parents and Siblings

    Minter Jackson Boggs





    Arthur J Boggs



    Parker Boggs



    Julia R Boggs


World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 6

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.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 8

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1907 · Not for profit elections

Age 17

The first act prohibiting monetary contributions to political campaigns by major corporations.

Name Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English boggish ‘boastful’, ‘haughty’ (a word of unknown origin, perhaps akin to Germanic bag and bug, with the literal meaning ‘swollen’, ‘puffed up’). The name (in the forms Boge(y)s, Boga(y)s) is found in the 12th century in Yorkshire and East Anglia, and also around Bordeaux, which had trading links with East Anglia.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Ruth Z Shack in household of Rebicca J Boggs, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Ruth Shack in household of Donna F Shock, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Ruth Shock in household of Don F Shock, "United States Census, 1910"

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