Gertrude "Neva" Geneva Thompkins

1920–2009 (Age 89)
Bonham, Fannin, Texas, United States

The Life of Gertrude "Neva" Geneva

When Gertrude "Neva" Geneva Thompkins was born on 1 February 1920, in Bonham, Fannin, Texas, United States, her father, Richard Benjamin Thompkins, was 41 and her mother, Icy Vendi Exene Dewoody, was 36. She married Maj. William "Billy" Bailey Kilpatrick on 3 May 1947, in Denison, Grayson, Texas, United States. She lived in Justice Precinct 5, Stephens, Texas, United States in 1930. She died on 2 February 2009, in Texas, United States, at the age of 89, and was buried in Cedarlawn Memorial Park, Sherman, Grayson, Texas, United States.

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Gertrude "Neva" Geneva Thompkins
Maj. William "Billy" Bailey Kilpatrick
Marriage: 3 May 1947

Spouse & Children

3 May 1947
Denison, Grayson, Texas, United States

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World Events (8)

1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 3

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.
1929 · The Great Depression Arrives

Age 9

Like most of the country, the economy of Texas suffered greatly after the Stock Market Crash of 1929. Thousands of city workers were suddenly unemployed and relied on a variety of government relief programs; unemployed Mexican citizens were required to take one-way bus tickets to Mexico.
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 24

The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

Name Meaning

Altered spelling of Tompkins .

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Neva Tompkins in household of Richard Tompkins, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Gertrude Thompkins in household of R Thompkins, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Neva Thompkins in household of Richard B Thompkins, "United States Census, 1930"

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