Carolyn York

23 January 1928–24 August 1989 (Age 61)
Wilmore, Jessamine, Kentucky, United States

The Life of Carolyn

Carolyn York was born on 23 January 1928, in Wilmore, Jessamine, Kentucky, United States. She died on 24 August 1989, at the age of 61.

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Family Time Line

Sam McDowell
1925–
Carolyn York
1928–1989

Spouse and Children

    Sam McDowell

    Male1925–Male

    Female1928–1989Female

World Events (3)

1929

Age 1

13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.
1931

Age 3

The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.
1936 · The Last Public Hanging in Kentucky

Age 8

The hanging of Rainey Bethea on August 14,1936, in Owensboro, Kentucky was the last pubic hanging in the state and the United States. Anywhere from 15,000-20,000 people showed up for this event. The media was all over the hanging since the Sheriff of Davies county was a female, even though she did not pull levers. Because of the media coverage and the circus it caused, this was the last hanging.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from the city of York in northern England, or perhaps in some cases a regional name from the county of Yorkshire. The surname is now widespread throughout England. Originally, the city bore the British name Eburacum, which probably meant ‘yewtree place’. This was altered by folk etymology into Old English Eoforwīc (from the elements eofor ‘wild boar’ + wīc ‘outlying settlement’). This name was taken over by Scandinavian settlers in the area, who altered it back to opacity in the form Iorvík and eventually Iork, in which form it finally settled by the 13th century. The surname has also been adopted by Jews as an Americanized form of various like-sounding Jewish surnames.

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

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