Clarence Bess

14 February 1878–7 January 1964 (Age 85)
Greene, Illinois, United States

The Life of Clarence

When Clarence Bess was born on 14 February 1878, in Greene, Illinois, United States, his father, Jonathan Bess, was 40 and his mother, Elizabeth Johnson, was 38. He married Mary Bertha Clark on 5 November 1899, in St. Francois, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Perry Township, St. Francois, Missouri, United States in 1930 and St. Francois, St. Francois, Missouri, United States in 1940. He died on 7 January 1964, in Bonne Terre, St. Francois, Missouri, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Bonne Terre, St. Francois, Missouri, United States.

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Family Time Line

Clarence Bess
Letha Ellen Black
Marriage: about 1922
Louise Bernel Bess
Delma Belle Bess
Johnathan Francis Bess
Althedia Bess
Juanita Bess
Ralph Elwood Diddle Bess
Paul Ivan Bess
Marvin Eugene Bess
Clinton Curtis Bess

Spouse and Children

about 1922


    Louise Bernel Bess


    Delma Belle Bess



    Althedia Bess


    Juanita Bess


+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Jonathan Bess


    Elizabeth Johnson




    Elijah Bess


    Leanne Bess



    Julia Adeline Bess


    Daniel Boone Bess


+5 More Children

World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 3

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1885 · The First Skyscraper

Age 7

The Home Insurance Building is considered to be the first skyscraper in the world. It was supported both inside and outside by steel and metal that were deemed fireproof and also it was reinforced with concrete. It originally had ten stories but in 1891 two more were added.
1901 · Assassination of Mckinley

Age 23

President William McKinley was shot at the Temple of Music, in the Pan-American Exposition, while shaking hands with the public. Leon Czolgosz shot him twice in the abdomen because he thought it was his duty to do so. McKinley died after eight days of watch and care. He was the third American president to be assassinated. After his death, Congress passed legislation to officially make the Secret Service and gave them responsibility for protecting the President at all times.

Name Meaning

1 English: unexplained. Apparently a metronymic from the female personal name Bess, pet form of Elizabeth.2 German: short form of Betz .3 In some cases it is probably an altered spelling of French Besse .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Clarence Bess, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Clarence Bess, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Clarence Bess, "United States Census, 1940"

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