William Toomey Jr.

1913–1987 (Age 74)

The Life of William

When William Toomey Jr. was born in 1913, in Canada, his father, William Toomey, was 24 and his mother, Mary Spears, was 23. He lived in Tacoma, Pierce, Washington, United States for about 15 years and Oakland, Alameda, California, United States in 1940. He registered for military service in 1942. He died on 15 October 1987, in Santa Cruz, California, United States, at the age of 74.

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Family Time Line

William Toomey
Mary Spears
William Toomey Jr.
Isabelle Toomey
Annie Toomey
Mary Toomey
Irene Janet Toomey

Parents & Siblings

  • William Toomey


  • Mary Spears




  • Male1913–1987Male

  • Isabelle Toomey


  • Annie Toomey


  • Mary Toomey


  • Female1918–1985Female

World Events (8)

1913 · The Sixteenth Amendment

Age 0

The Sixteenth Amendment allows Congress to collect an income tax without dividing it among the states based on population.
1913 · The Seventeenth Amendment

Age 0

The Seventeenth Amendment allows the people of each state to elect their own Senators instead of having the state legislature assign them.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 21

Alcatraz Island officially became Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on August 11, 1934. The island is situated in the middle of frigid water and strong currents of the San Francisco Bay, which deemed it virtually inescapable. Alcatraz became known as the toughest prison in America and was seen as a “last resort prison.” Therefore, Alcatraz housed some of America’s most notorious prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. Due to the exorbitant cost of running the prison, and the deterioration of the buildings due to salt spray, Alcatraz Island closed as a penitentiary on March 21, 1963. 

Name Meaning

Irish: reduced form of O’Toomey, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Tuama ‘descendant of Tuaim’, a personal name apparently derived from tuaim ‘burial mound’.

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • William Toomey, "United States Census, 1940"
  • William Tooney in household of William Tooney, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Wm Toomey Jr. in household of Wm Toomey, "United States Census, 1920"

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