James Henry McDowell Crosby

27 July 1920–8 July 2009 (Age 89)
Texarkana, Bowie, Texas, United States

The Life of James Henry

When James Henry McDowell Crosby was born on 27 July 1920, in Texarkana, Bowie, Texas, United States, his father, James Floyd McDOWELL, was 28 and his mother, Phebe Ida Jacqueline Landes, was 21. He lived in Alvin, Brazoria, Texas, United States in 1930. He registered for military service in 1940. He died on 8 July 2009, in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, at the age of 88, and was buried in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

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James Henry McDowell Crosby
Edith Joyce Marxson

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World Events (8)


Age 1

Edith Cowan is elected to the Western Australia Parlaiment. She is the first woman parliamentarian in Australia.
1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 3

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 24

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

Scottish and Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Dubhghaill ‘son of Dubhghall’, a byname meaning ‘dark stranger’, used among the Gaels to distinguish the darker-haired Danes from fair-haired Norwegians. According to MacLysaght, this is the Irish form of the name of the Scottish clan McDougall , borne by a branch which went to Ireland from the Hebrides as mercenaries. However, Black shows that both forms were current in Scotland.

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

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Sources (3)

  • James H Crosby in household of Charles E Crosby, "United States Census, 1930"
  • James Henry Mcdowell, "Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1935"
  • James Henry Mcdowell, "Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997"

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