Bessie Pearl Baker

8 April 1919–6 March 1999 (Age 79)
West Virginia, United States

The Life of Bessie Pearl

Bessie Pearl Baker was born on 8 April 1919, in West Virginia, United States. She married Holmes John Whitacre on 4 August 1935, in Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Rural, Wise, Virginia, United States in 1935 and Gainesboro Magisterial District, Frederick, Virginia, United States in 1940. She died on 6 March 1999, at the age of 79, and was buried in Gore, Frederick, Virginia, United States.

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Family Time Line

Holmes John Whitacre
1917–1980
Bessie Pearl Baker
1919–1999
Marriage: 4 August 1935
Raymond Julius Whitacre
1936–2018
Betty Jean Whitacre
1938–

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
4 August 1935
Virginia, United States
children

(2)

    Raymond Julius Whitacre

    Male1936–2018Male

    Betty Jean Whitacre

    Female1938–Female

World Events (8)

1920

Age 1

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.
1920

Age 1

Women are given the right to vote under the Nineteenth Amendment.
1941

Age 22

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

1 English: occupational name, from Middle English bakere, Old English bæcere, a derivative of bacan ‘to bake’. It may have been used for someone whose special task in the kitchen of a great house or castle was the baking of bread, but since most humbler households did their own baking in the Middle Ages, it may also have referred to the owner of a communal oven used by the whole village. The right to be in charge of this and exact money or loaves in return for its use was in many parts of the country a hereditary feudal privilege. Compare Miller . Less often the surname may have been acquired by someone noted for baking particularly fine bread or by a baker of pottery or bricks.2 Americanized form of cognates or equivalents in many other languages, for example German Bäcker, Becker; Dutch Bakker, Bakmann; French Boulanger. For other forms see Hanks and Hodges ( 1988 ).

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Bessie Whitacre in household of H John Whitacre, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Bessie Pearl Whitacre in entry for Holmes John Whitacre, "Virginia, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945"
  • Bessie Baker in entry for Raymond Julius Whitacre and Linda Faye Hulver, "Virginia, Marriage Certificates, 1936-1988"

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