Burma Eratus Gurley

27 January 1924–17 September 2007 (Age 83)
Decatur, Tennessee, United States

The Life of Burma Eratus

When Burma Eratus Gurley was born on 27 January 1924, in Decatur, Tennessee, United States, her father, William A. Gurley, was 44 and her mother, Flora Janie Tubbs, was 39. She lived in Civil District 10, Claiborne, Tennessee, United States in 1930 and Civil District 10, Decatur, Tennessee, United States in 1940. She died on 17 September 2007, at the age of 83.

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William A. Gurley
Flora Janie Tubbs
Mexie Gurley
Floyd Lafayette Gurley
Ovie Hester Gurley
Ruby Jewel Gurley
Biffel Gurley
William Wilson Gurley
Burma Eratus Gurley
Erie Gurley

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World Events (8)


Age 3

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
1931 · The Parthenon is Built

Age 7

In 1931, a full scale replica of the Parthenon in Greece was erected in Nashville, Tennessee. The Parthenon was meant to be temporary, but became a permanent part of Tennessee culture. It also has a replica of the statue of Athena the Goddess of War.At the same time a city over Memphis built  giant pyramid replica to remind everyone what the city was named for. 
1947 · The Presidential Succession Act

Age 23

The Presidential Succession Act is an act establishing the presidential line of succession. This was a precursor for the Twenty-fifth Amendment which outlines what is to happen when a President is killed, dies, or is unable to fulfill the responsibilities of President.

Name Meaning

1 English (Warwickshire): apparently a variant of Gourley or Gorley .2 Possibly an Americanized spelling of French Gourlé, from Old French gourle ‘money belt’. Its application as a surname is not clear; it may have been a metonymic occupational name for a maker of such receptacles, or perhaps a nickname for someone who was tight with his money.3 Alternatively, it may be an Americanized form of German Gerling or Gerlich .

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

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Sources (2)

  • Burma Gurly in household of William Gurly, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Burma Gurley in household of William W Gurley, "United States Census, 1930"

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