Joe Bell Elam

4 October 1913–29 December 1996 (Age 83)
Texas, United States

The Life of Joe Bell

When Joe Bell Elam was born on 4 October 1913, in Texas, United States, his father, Benjamin Franklin Elam, was 37 and his mother, Annie Belle Harris, was 31. He married Eula Mae Jaynes on 6 January 1934, in Crosby, Texas, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 daughters. He lived in Commissioner's Precinct 1, Crosby, Texas, United States in 1940 and Ralls, Crosby, Texas, United States in 2000. He died on 29 December 1996, in Amarillo, Potter, Texas, United States, at the age of 83.

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Family Time Line

Joe Bell Elam
Eula Mae Jaynes
Marriage: 6 January 1934
Nancy Ann Elam
Mary Jozelle Elam
Evelyn Mae Elam

Spouse and Children

6 January 1934
Crosby, Texas, United States


    Nancy Ann Elam


    Mary Jozelle Elam



Parents and Siblings

    Benjamin Franklin Elam





    John Cecil Elam



    Frank Olys Elam



    Nellie Fredonia Elam


World Events (8)

1914 · Steamboat Service Established with New York

Age 1

Satilla was the first Deepwater Steamship to arrive at the port of Houston. This accomplishment successfully established a steamboat service between Houston and New York City.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 3

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.
1935 · The FBI is Established

Age 22

The Bureau of Investigation's name was changed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to help citizens know that the Government is helping protect from threats both domestically and abroad.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name for someone from a place called Elham, in Kent, or a lost place of this name in Crayford, Kent. The first is derived from Old English ǣl ‘eel’ + hām ‘homestead’ or hamm ‘enclosure hemmed in by water’. There is also an Elam Grange in Bingley, West Yorkshire, but the current distribution of the name in the British Isles suggests that it did not contribute significantly to the surname.

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

Sources (3)

  • Joe B Elam in household of B F Elam, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Joe B Elam, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Joe Elam, "Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1977"

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