Ethel Napier

Brief Life History of Ethel

When Ethel Napier was born on 3 September 1921, in East Lynn, Wayne, West Virginia, United States, her father, Moses B Napier, was 41 and her mother, Oda Fortner, was 21. She married Elton Pyles on 25 September 1936, in Wayne, West Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in Stonewall District, Wayne, West Virginia, United States in 1940 and Sterling, Boone, Virginia, United States in 2002. She died on 14 March 2002, in Ragland, Mingo, West Virginia, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Justice Cemetery, Logan, West Virginia, United States.

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Elton Pyles
Ethel Napier
Marriage: 25 September 1936
Eltena Pyles

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  • Ethel Pyles in household of Elton Pyles, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Ethel Pyles, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"
  • Ethel Justice, "Find A Grave Index"

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World Events (8)

1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.

1941 · Pentagon is Built in Arlington

The Pentagon was developed as the Department of Defense had outgrown the other buildings were it was previous located.The groundbreaking for the Pentagon was on September 11, 1941. When the Pentagon was being built, it was determined that it could be no taller than four stories high. Colonel Leslie R. Groves was the supervisor of the project, he would later become known for helping on the Manhattan Project.

1944 · The G.I Bill

The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: occupational name from Old French napier, nappier, nap(p)er(er) ‘one who looks after the napery or table-linen’, a derivative of Old French nappe ‘table-cloth, napkin’. In Middle English, Napier and Nap(p)er might also have denoted a maker of table cloths, though this sense has not been recorded.

English: alternatively an occupational name from Nap(p)er from an unrecorded Middle English word for one who makes naps, i.e. drinking cups or chalices (Middle English nap, Old English hnæp). Napper could also be a nickname from Middle English nappere ‘one who sleeps or naps’, though this is the least likely of the alternatives.

American shortened form of Polish Napierala or a similar name.

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

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