Josephine Stephanie Philla

1890–1970 (Age 79)
South Moravia, Czechia

The Life of Josephine Stephanie

When Josephine Stephanie Philla was born in December 1890, in South Moravia, Czechia, her father, Henry A Philla, was 34 and her mother, Frances A Svoboda, was 35. She married Edward Thomas Pierce on 4 June 1913, in Fairhaven, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Fairhaven, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States for about 20 years. She died in 1970, in Bristol, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 80.

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Family Time Line

Josephine Stephanie Philla
Edward Thomas Pierce
Marriage: 4 June 1913
Luther Sherman Pierce
Helen Frances Pierce
Leonard Edward Pierce

Spouse & Children

4 June 1913
Fairhaven, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States


Parents & Siblings

  • Henry A Philla


  • Frances A Svoboda




  • Joseph Philla


  • Henrietta Philla


  • Fanny Philla


  • Female1890–1970Female

World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 6

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 8

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1912 · The Girl Scouts

Age 22

Like the Boy Scouts of America, The Girl Scouts is a youth organization for girls in the United States. Its purpose is to prepare girls to empower themselves and by acquiring practical skills.

Name Meaning

Italian: topographic name from pilla ‘mud’, ‘mire’, ‘clayey ground’, or a habitational name from a place named with this word.

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

Sources (3)

  • Josephine Pierce in household of Edward T Pierce, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Josephine I Pierce in household of Edward T Pierce, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Josephine Pierce in household of Edward T Pierce, "United States Census, 1920"

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