Bessie Lee Jewell

26 July 1915–July 1987 (Age 71)
Bath, Kentucky, United States

The Life of Bessie Lee

Bessie Lee Jewell was born on 26 July 1915, in Bath, Kentucky, United States. She had at least 1 son with Jefferson Davis Gilvin. She lived in Bethel, Bath, Kentucky, United States in 1940. She died in July 1987, in Bath, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 72, and was buried in Sharpsburg, Bath, Kentucky, United States.

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Jefferson Davis Gilvin
Bessie Lee Jewell
Donald H Gilvin

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World Events (8)

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 1

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.
1926 · Mammoth Cave is Discovered

Age 11

In 1926, in central Kentucky, Mammoth Cave was discovered. It dates back to Mississippian times and consists of over four hundred miles of passageway. On July 1, 1941, the cave was made a National Park.
1935 · The FBI is Established

Age 20

The Bureau of Investigation's name was changed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to help citizens know that the Government is helping protect from threats both domestically and abroad.

Name Meaning

English (of Breton or Cornish origin): from a Celtic personal name, Old Breton Iudicael, composed of elements meaning ‘lord’ + ‘generous’, ‘bountiful’, which was borne by a 7th-century saint, a king of Brittany who abdicated and spent the last part of his life in a monastery. Forms of this name are found in medieval records not only in Devon and Cornwall, where they are of native origin, but also in East Anglia and even Yorkshire, whither they were imported by Bretons after the Norman Conquest.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Bessie Gelvin in household of Jeff D Gelvin, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Bessie Jewell, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"
  • Bessie Lee Gilvin, "Find A Grave Index"

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