Leona Cossey

24 November 1915–26 March 1995 (Age 79)
Kentucky, United States

The Life of Leona

When Leona Cossey was born on 24 November 1915, in Kentucky, United States, her father, John William Cossey, was 30 and her mother, Sarah B Young, was 29. She died on 26 March 1995, in Trigg, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 79.

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Family Time Line

John William Cossey
1885–1952
Sarah B Young
1886–1973
Leona Cossey
1915–1995
Andrew Elvis Cossey
1918–1992
Fay D Cossey
1920–1945

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World Events (8)

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 1

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 11

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 21

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: perhaps a habitational name (reduced form) from Costessey in Norfolk, named with an Old English or Old Norse personal name Cost + Old English ēg ‘island’, ‘dry ground in a marsh’.2 Americanized spelling of French Cossé ( see Cosse ).

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

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