Bessie Long Petrie

1879–1963 (Age 84)
Texas, United States

The Life of Bessie Long

When Bessie Long Petrie was born on 4 January 1879, in Texas, United States, her father, Edward Downer Petrie, was 29 and her mother, Sarah Abigail Sharpe, was 30. She married James Ernest Mayes on 10 July 1905, in Bexar, Texas, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in Justice Precinct 1, Blanco, Texas, United States in 1910 and Justice Precinct 4, Coryell, Texas, United States for about 20 years. She died on 18 August 1963, in Austin, Travis, Texas, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in Hamilton, Texas, United States.

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Bessie Long Petrie
James Ernest Mayes
Marriage: 10 July 1905
Ethel Ernestine Mayes

Spouse & Children

10 July 1905
Bexar, Texas, United States


  • Ethel Ernestine Mayes


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World Events (8)

1881 · Construction of the Fort Worth & Denver Railway

Age 2

Grenville M. Dodge oversaw the construction of the Fort Worth & Denver Railway. Work began at Hodge Junction, and eventually extended to the New Mexico border by 1888. Service began on April 1, 1888, with trains travelling between Fort Worth and Denver.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 2

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1901 · Spindletop Oilfield Discovered

Age 22

"Spindletop, located south of Beaumont, becomes the first major oil well to be discovered in Texas. Other fields were discovered in shortly after, which ultimately led to the highly impactful ""oil boom""."

Name Meaning

Scottish: from a pet form of the personal names Peter or Patrick .

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Bessie Mayes in household of Oscar Petrie, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Bessie Mayer in household of Ed Petri, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Bettie Petrie in household of E D Petrie, "United States Census, 1880"

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