Betty Jeanne Shirley

Female22 July 1922–25 June 2005

Brief Life History of Betty Jeanne

When Betty Jeanne Shirley was born on 22 July 1922, in Muskogee, Oklahoma, United States, her father, Luther DeWitt Shirley, was 34 and her mother, Gladys Pauline Nichols, was 32. She married Robert Glendon “Pouge” Morgan on 2 May 1942. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She died on 25 June 2005, in Conroe, Montgomery, Texas, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Houston National Cemetery, Houston, Harris, Texas, United States.

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Betty Jeanne Shirley
Rev. Robert “Dusty” Morgan
Authur Dennis Morgan
Shirley Jeanne Morgan

Sources (8)

  • Betty Jeanne Shirley, "Oklahoma, County Marriages, 1890-1995"
  • Mrs Betty Jeanne Shirley Morgan, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"
  • Betty Jeanne Shirley in entry for Lois Dewann Morgan, "Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997"

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World Events (8)

1929 · The Great Depression Arrives

Age 7

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.

1941 · Comanche Code Talkers

Age 19

Many Native Americans from Oklahoma were once again employed as code talkers during WWII to create a code impenetrable by enemies. Rather than Choctaw, a Comanche-language code was developed. Several of these men were sent to invade Normandy to send messages. None of the men were killed and the Comanche code was never broken. 

1949 · 1950s Texas Drought

Age 27

One of most intense, costly, and devastating droughts ever recorded in the state of Texas. The entire state was in a state of drought by the summer of 1951. Less than 30-50% of the normal rainfall was received during this period. The state was plagued with dust storms similar to those from the infamous Dust Bowl. The drought ended in a destructive manner throughout 1957; storms, hail, tornadoes, and deadly floods.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the places so named, such as Shirley (Warwickshire), Shirley in Millbrook (Hampshire), Shirley (Surrey), Shirley in Owston (Yorkshire), and Shirley (Derbyshire). The placenames probably derive from Old English scīr ‘bright’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’, though some may have scīr ‘district, shire’ as the initial element if they lie on a boundary; for example, the Warwickshire place lies on the Warwickshire-Worcestershire boundary. The name Shirley first appears in Ireland in the late 17th century, following the granting of lands to a Shirley family in the barony of Farney, Monaghan.

History: William Shirley (1694–1771) was born in Sussex, England, and came to MA in 1731. He rose in the colonial service, was appointed governor in 1741, and was responsible for the British capture of the French fortress of Louisbourg, Cape Breton Island, in 1745.

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

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