Helen Elizabeth Dorsey

1930–1981 (Age 51)
Florida, United States

The Life of Helen Elizabeth

When Helen Elizabeth Dorsey was born in 1930, in Florida, United States, her father, Edgar Lee Dorsey Jr, was 26 and her mother, Margaret Olivia Pounds, was 26. She married James Spaulding Playter on 21 June 1952, in Dallas, Alabama, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She died in 1981, in Waterbury, New Haven, Connecticut, United States, at the age of 51.

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James Spaulding Playter
Helen Elizabeth Dorsey
Marriage: 21 June 1952
Darryl Aaron Jeffrey Playter

Spouse and Children

21 June 1952
Dallas, Alabama, United States


    Darryl Aaron Jeffrey Playter


Parents and Siblings


    Margaret Olivia Pounds




World Events (8)


Age 1

The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.
1941 · Florida Involvement in World War II

Age 11

Similar to the first World War, Florida's location and temperature served as an ideal location for military training; in fact, Florida would end up having 172 military installations. As a result of World War II growth, Camp Blanding became the fourth largest city in Florida, capable of housing over 55,000 soldiers. Many Floridians sacrificed their lives among other Americans to win the war; it's estimated that about 3,000 U.S. deaths were from Floridian troops.
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 14

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

English (of Norman origin): habitational name, with the preposition d(e), from Orsay in Seine-et-Orne, France, recorded in the 13th century as Orceiacum, from the Latin personal name Orcius + the locative suffix -acum.

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

Sources (3)

  • Helen Dorsey, "Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950"
  • Helen Elizabeth Dorsey in entry for Darryl Aaron Jeffrey Playter, "Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997"
  • Hele, "Connecticut Divorce Index, 1968-1997"

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