Bessie Burns Spencer

Brief Life History of Bessie Burns

When Bessie Burns Spencer was born on 19 November 1894, in Trenton, Mercer, New Jersey, United States, her father, Thomas Spencer, was 29 and her mother, Mary Ann Neill, was 29. She married Thomas Kirkham on 25 November 1914, in Trenton, Mercer, New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She lived in Mercer, New Jersey, United States in 1920 and Ewing Township, Mercer, New Jersey, United States in 1940. She died on 7 April 1986, in Trenton, Mercer, New Jersey, United States, at the age of 91, and was buried in Ewing Township, Mercer, New Jersey, United States.

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Thomas Kirkham
1891–1977
Bessie Burns Spencer
1894–1986
Marriage: 25 November 1914
Thomas Spencer Kirkham Sr.
1926–1990

Sources (18)

  • Bessie Keatham in household of Florence Keatham, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Spencer, "New Jersey, Births, 1670-1980"
  • Bessie Kirkham, "United States Social Security Death Index"

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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

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.

1903

The Public Service Corporation (PSC) was formed on May 6, 1903. The company began as a merger of a power company with four different trolley companies. PSC would ultimately combine with over 400 other companies.

1918 · Attempting to Stop the War

To end World War I, President Wilson created a list of principles to be used as negotiations for peace among the nations. Known as The Fourteen Points, the principles were outlined in a speech on war aimed toward the idea of peace but most of the Allied forces were skeptical of this Wilsonian idealism.

Name Meaning

English (Lancashire and Yorkshire): occupational name for someone who dispensed provisions or money, from Middle English spenser(e), spencer(e) ‘household steward, butler, almoner’ (Anglo-Norman French espenser, Old French despensier). Compare Spence and Spender . There is some dispute about the origins of the Spencer family, whose most famous member in recent times was the late Princess of Wales, born Lady Diana Spencer (1961–97). Some sources say that they are descended from William the Conqueror's steward, Robert Despencer. What is clear is that by the 15th century they had become prosperous from sheep farming in Northamptonshire. Robert Spencer (died 1627) was said to be the wealthiest man in England. Their titles have included Earls of Sunderland and Earls Spencer; and through the female line the 5th Earl of Sunderland also became Duke of Marlborough in 1733. This connection was the result of the marriage, in 1700, of the 3rd Duke of Sunderland to the daughter of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough. The youngest son of this union, John Spencer (1708–46), was the father of the 1st Earl Spencer (1734–83).

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

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