Ruth Adeline Best

12 February 1907–13 February 1988 (Age 81)
Andrews, Cherokee, North Carolina, United States

The Life Summary of Ruth Adeline

When Ruth Adeline Best was born on 12 February 1907, in Andrews, Cherokee, North Carolina, United States, her father, Frank Wampler Best, was 20 and her mother, Mattie Leatherwood, was 17. She lived in Beaverdam Township, Haywood, North Carolina, United States for about 20 years. She died on 13 February 1988, in Asheville, Buncombe, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Bon-A-Venture Cemetery, West Canton, Haywood, North Carolina, United States.

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Joseph Fain Russell
Ruth Adeline Best
Melvin Russell
Nancy J. Russell

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World Events (8)

1908 · The Bureau of Investigation is formed
Age 1
Known as the National Bureau of Criminal Identification, The Bureau of Investigation helped agencies across the country identify different criminals. President Roosevelt instructed that there be an autonomous investigative service that would report only to the Attorney General.
1918 · Fort Bragg Established
Age 11
Named after Confederate General Braxton Bragg, Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina was established on September 4, 1918. It was used as one of three training camps used during WWI.
Age 22
13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.

Name Meaning

English and northern Irish: nickname from Middle English best(e) (Old English betst) ‘best, finest (person)’.English, northern Irish, and French: nickname from Middle English best(e), Old French beste ‘beast, animal’ (especially those used for food or work), applied either as a metonymic occupational name for someone who looked after beasts, such as a herdsman, or as a nickname for someone thought to resemble an animal. Compare English Bester 1.English: from a Middle English adverbial expression of the Best, but the meaning is unknown.

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

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Sources (13)

  • Ruth A Russell in household of J Fain Russell, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Ruth A Best in entry for Robert Joseph Sochacki and Frances Jeannette Yates, "North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 "
  • Ruth Best in household of Frank W Best, "United States Census, 1920"

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