Charles Willis Fraunfelter

Brief Life History of Charles Willis

When Charles Willis Fraunfelter was born on 19 February 1924, in Chesterton, Westchester Township, Porter, Indiana, United States, his father, George Elias Fraunfelter, was 29 and his mother, Helen Elizabeth Helmick, was 31. He married Ann Elizabeth Humphreys on 18 May 1946, in Springfield Township, Clark, Ohio, United States. He lived in Zanesville, Muskingum, Ohio, United States in 1930 and Porter, Indiana, United States in 1940. He died on 25 December 1985, in Palm Beach, Dade, Florida, United States, at the age of 61, and was buried in Guilford Memorial Park, Greensboro, Guilford, North Carolina, United States.

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Charles Willis Fraunfelter
Ann Elizabeth Humphreys
Marriage: 18 May 1946

Sources (11)

  • Charles W Fraunfelter in household of George E Fraunfelter, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Indiana, Birth Certificates, 1907-1940
  • Charles Willis Fraunfelter, "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013"

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Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.


13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.


Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

From a Germanic word, karl, meaning ‘free man’, akin to Old English ceorl ‘man’. The name, Latin form Carolus, owed its popularity in medieval Europe to the Frankish leader Charlemagne ( ?742–814 ), who in 800 established himself as Holy Roman Emperor. His name (Latin Carolus Magnus) means ‘Charles the Great’. Carolus—or Karl, the German form—was a common name among Frankish leaders, including Charlemagne's grandfather Charles Martel ( 688–741 ). Charles is the French form. The name occurs occasionally in medieval Britain as Karolus or Carolus; it had a certain vogue in West Yorkshire from the 1400s, particularly among gentry families. The form Charles was chosen by Mary Queen of Scots ( 1542–87 ), who had been brought up in France, for her son, Charles James ( 1566–1625 ), who became King James VI of Scotland and, from 1603 , James I of England. His son and grandson both reigned as King Charles , and the name thus became established in the 17th century both in the Stuart royal house and among English and Scottish supporters of the Stuart monarchy. In the 18th century it was to some extent favoured, along with James , by Jacobites, supporters of the exiled Stuarts, opposed to the Hanoverian monarchy, especially in the Highlands of Scotland. In the 19th century the popularity of the name was further enhanced by romanticization of the story of ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’, leader of the 1745 rebellion.

Dictionary of First Names © Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges 1990, 2003, 2006.

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