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
Bessie Pearl Baker
Marriage: 4 August 1935
Raymond Julius Whitacre
Betty Jean Whitacre

Spouse and Children

4 August 1935
Virginia, United States


    Raymond Julius Whitacre


    Betty Jean Whitacre


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.

Age 1

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

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.

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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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