Gladys Mae Legear

1914–1996 (Age 82)
Corbin, Whitley, Kentucky, United States

The Life of Gladys Mae

When Gladys Mae Legear was born in 1914, her father, Frank Davis Leger, was 20 and her mother, Julia Myrtle Bird, was 21. She married Melvin Claude Alsip on 4 August 1935, in Corbin, Whitley, Kentucky, United States. She died in 1996, at the age of 82, and was buried in Corbin, Whitley, Kentucky, United States.

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Melvin Claude Alsip
Gladys Mae Legear
Marriage: 4 August 1935

Spouse and Children

4 August 1935
Corbin, Whitley, Kentucky, United States

Parents and Siblings





    Gladys M Leger


    Glen Monroe Leger


    Glenn M Leger


World Events (8)

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 2

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 12

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.
1936 · The Last Public Hanging in Kentucky

Age 22

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

1 French (Léger) and English: from the Germanic personal name Leodegar ( see Ledger ).2 French: nickname from léger ‘light’, ‘superficial’.3 English: see Letcher .

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

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Sources (1)

  • Mae Leger, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"

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