Virtie M. Burgess

10 October 1894–22 April 1969 (Age 74)
Tennessee, United States

The Life of Virtie M.

When Virtie M. Burgess was born on 10 October 1894, in Tennessee, United States, her father, Robert M. Burgess, was 26 and her mother, Ida Della Shoemake, was 16. She married Arthur William Spurlock on 23 October 1918, in Jackson, Tennessee, United States. She lived in Jackson, Tennessee, United States in 1920 and Flynns Lick, Jackson, Tennessee, United States in 1940. She died on 22 April 1969, at the age of 74, and was buried in Cookeville, Putnam, Tennessee, United States.

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Arthur William Spurlock
Virtie M. Burgess
Marriage: 23 October 1918

Spouse and Children

23 October 1918
Jackson, Tennessee, United States

Parents and Siblings




    Charles B. Burgess


    Lilllie Mae Burgess


    Ethel Burgess


    Harvey McMillan Burgess


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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 2

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.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 4

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 22

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

English and Scottish: status name from Middle English burge(i)s, Old French burgeis ‘inhabitant and (usually) freeman of a (fortified) town’ ( see Burke ), especially one with municipal rights and duties. Burgesses generally had tenure of land or buildings from a landlord by burgage. In medieval England burgage involved the payment of a fixed money rent (as opposed to payment in kind); in Scotland it involved payment in service, guarding the town. The -eis ending is from Latin -ensis (modern English -ese as in Portuguese). Compare Burger .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Virtie Spurlock in household of Arthur Spurlock, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Verta Spurlock in household of Arthur Spurlock, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Virtie M Spurlock in household of William A Spurlock, "United States Census, 1940"

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