Bearnice Thenora Thoe

1893–1973 (Age 79)
Webster, Day, South Dakota, United States

The Life of Bearnice Thenora

When Bearnice Thenora Thoe was born on 11 November 1893, in Webster, Day, South Dakota, United States, her father, Johannas Oddson "John" Thoe, was 26 and her mother, Syverine or Severina J Leonne Oakland Okland, was 25. She married Merril C Williams on 15 July 1915, in Codington, South Dakota, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 6 daughters. She lived in Langford, Marshall, South Dakota, United States in 1910. She died on 15 February 1973, in Garden Grove, Orange, California, United States, at the age of 79.

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Bearnice Thenora Thoe
Merril C Williams
Marriage: 15 July 1915
Dorris E Williams
Avanell Williams
Harold Williams
Lois E Williams
Harriet Williams
Lola Belle Williams
Gwen J Reichling
Armeida "Mitzi" Williams

Spouse & Children

15 July 1915
Codington, South Dakota, United States


  • Dorris E Williams


  • Harriet Williams


  • Lola Belle Williams


  • Gwen J Reichling


  • Armeida "Mitzi" Williams


+3 More Children

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+4 More Children

World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 3

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1906 · Great San Francisco Earthquake

Age 13

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook San Francisco for approximately 60 seconds on April 18, 1906. A 1906 report by US Army Relief Operations recorded the death toll for San Francisco and surrounding areas at 664. Later reports record the number at over 3,000 deaths. An estimated 225,000 people were left homeless from the widespread destructuction as 80% of the city was destroyed.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 23

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.

Name Meaning

Norwegian: unexplained.

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

Sources (3)

  • John O Thoe, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Bearnice T Thoe in household of John O Thoe, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Bernice and John Minton, 1940 United States Federal Census

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