Ruth H Knickerbocker

22 November 1919–23 June 2008 (Age 88)
Shekomeko, North East, Dutchess, New York, United States

The Life of Ruth H

When Ruth H Knickerbocker was born on 22 November 1919, in Shekomeko, North East, Dutchess, New York, United States, her father, Percy Fredrick Knickerbocker, was 21 and her mother, Kathryn Hotaling, was 21. She married Clifford Ambrose Lilley on 16 January 1943, in White Plains, Westchester, New York, United States. She lived in North East, Dutchess, New York, United States for about 10 years and Burnsville, Dakota, Minnesota, United States in 2008. She died on 23 June 2008, in Bloomington, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States.

Photos & Memories (0)

Photos & Memories

Do you know this person? Do you have a story about her you would like to share? Sign in or Create a FREE Account

Family Time Line

Clifford Ambrose Lilley
Ruth H Knickerbocker
Marriage: 16 January 1943

Spouse and Children

16 January 1943
White Plains, Westchester, New York, United States

Parents and Siblings

    Percy Fredrick Knickerbocker





World Events (8)


Age 1

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.
1931 · The Prehistoric Minnesota Woman

Age 12

The Minnesota Woman was the name given to the skeletal remains of a woman thought to be 8,000 years old found near Pelican Rapids. The bones were brought to the University of Minnesota for more study. Later, Dr. Albert Jenks identified them as the bones of a 15 or 16 year old woman. Scientists now recognize the girl as someone whose ancestors were Paleo-Indian and now her skeletal remains have been reburied in South Dakota, not available for further study.
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 25

The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of the Dutch occupational name Knickerbacker ‘marble baker’, i.e., a baker of children's clay marbles. This lowly occupation became synonymous with the patrician class in NYC through Washington Irving's attribution of his History of New York ( 1809 ) to a fictitious author named Diedrich Knickerbocker. By the late 1850s the term had also come to denote a type of loose breeches gathered below the knee, evidently because of the resemblance of the garment to the breeches of the Dutchmen in Cruikshank's illustrations to Irving's book.

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

Sources (3)

  • Ruth H Knickerbocker in household of George H Knickerbocker, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Ruth H Knickerbocker in household of Theodore Hotaling, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Ruth Knickerbocker in household of Percy Knickerbocker, "United States Census, 1930"

Find more of your family story

As a non-profit, we offer free help to anyone looking to learn the details of their family story.

Create a free account to view more about your family.
Create a free account
Share this with your family and friends.