Jesse Edward Nice

Brief Life History of Jesse Edward

When Jesse Edward Nice was born on 2 August 1905, in Proctor, Wetzel, West Virginia, United States, his father, John Millard Nice, was 25 and his mother, Martha Elizabeth Lancaster, was 20. He married Dorthy Madeline Haught on 18 December 1926, in New Martinsville, Wetzel, West Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. He lived in Magnolia District, Wetzel, West Virginia, United States in 1935 and New Martinsville, Wetzel, West Virginia, United States in 1950. He registered for military service in 1941. He died on 17 May 1985, in Wetzel, West Virginia, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Greenlawn Memorial Park, New Martinsville, Wetzel, West Virginia, United States.

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Jesse Edward Nice
Dorthy Madeline Haught
Marriage: 18 December 1926
Velma Lee Nice
Betty Lou Nice

Sources (18)

  • Jess E Nice, "United States 1950 Census"
  • Jessie Nice, "West Virginia Births, 1853-1930"
  • Jesse Edward Nice, "West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970"

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Name Meaning

English and Scottish: nickname from the Middle English adjective nis, modern nice. This word has undergone a remarkable series of changes in meaning. The Middle English word meant ‘silly, ignorant’ (from Latin nescius ‘not knowing’), later ‘slothful, wanton, fussy, self-indulgent’, and a range of other negative meanings (French niais). In the 14th century the English word also acquired the sense ‘wanton’ and in the 15th century ‘coy, shy’, both of which meanings may be reflected in the surname. The sense ‘fastidious, precise, paying minute attention to detail’ developed only in the 16th century, probably too late to have affected the surname. The present-day sense, as a word expressing general approval, is not clearly attested until the late 19th century.

Americanized form of German Neuss and also of Neiss or Neis . Compare Nyce .

French: nickname from Old French nice ‘foolish, simple’ (from Latin nescius ‘not knowing’). Compare 1 above.

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

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