Bernice L Neal

4 March 1914–13 November 1996 (Age 82)
Powell, Kentucky, United States

The Life of Bernice L

When Bernice L Neal was born on 4 March 1914, in Powell, Kentucky, United States, her father, Joseph Clinton Neal, was 30 and her mother, Minnie Bell Benningfield, was 28. She married Ellis Martin about 1931, in Powell, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She lived in Rosslyn, Powell, Kentucky, United States in 1930 and Magisterial District 1, Campbell, Kentucky, United States in 1940. She died on 13 November 1996, in Powell, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 82.

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Family Time Line

Ellis Martin
Bernice L Neal
Marriage: about 1931
Betty J Martin
Dorthey Louise Martin
Charles R Martin

Spouse and Children

about 1931
Powell, Kentucky, United States


    Betty J Martin


    Charles R Martin


    Dorthey Louise Martin


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World Events (8)

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 2

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.
1926 · Mammoth Cave is Discovered

Age 12

In 1926, in central Kentucky, Mammoth Cave was discovered. It dates back to Mississippian times and consists of over four hundred miles of passageway. On July 1, 1941, the cave was made a National Park.
1936 · The Last Public Hanging in Kentucky

Age 22

The hanging of Rainey Bethea on August 14,1936, in Owensboro, Kentucky was the last pubic hanging in the state and the United States. Anywhere from 15,000-20,000 people showed up for this event. The media was all over the hanging since the Sheriff of Davies county was a female, even though she did not pull levers. Because of the media coverage and the circus it caused, this was the last hanging.

Name Meaning

1 English, Scottish, and Irish: from an Anglo-Scandinavian form of the Gaelic name Niall ( see Neill ). This was adopted by the Scandinavians in the form Njal and was introduced into northern England and East Anglia by them, rather than being taken directly from Gaelic. It was reinforced after the Norman Conquest by the Anglo-Norman French and Middle English forms Neel, Nihel, and Nigel, which were brought to England by the Normans.2 Scottish and Irish: reduced form of McNeal ( see McNeil ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Bernice Martin in household of Ellis Martin, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Bernice Neal in household of Joseph Neal, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Bernice Neal in household of Joe Neal, "United States Census, 1930"

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