Loye Opal Burden

15 July 1915–9 April 2014 (Age 98)
Grapeland, Houston, Texas, United States

The Life of Loye Opal

When Loye Opal Burden was born on 15 July 1915, in Grapeland, Houston, Texas, United States, her father, Lee Andrew Burden, was 27 and her mother, Nodie Grounds, was 27. She married Nolan Baker about 1932, in Dokshytsy, Dokshytsy Raion, Vitebsk Oblast, Belarus. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in Justice Precinct 5, Houston, Texas, United States in 1940 and Crockett, Texas, United States in 2009. She died on 9 April 2014, in Crockett, Houston, Texas, United States, at the age of 98, and was buried in Parker Cemetery, Houston, Texas, United States.

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Family Time Line

Nolan Baker
Loye Opal Burden
Marriage: about 1932
Joyce Marie Baker

Spouse and Children

about 1932
Dokshytsy, Dokshytsy Raion, Vitebsk Oblast, Belarus


    Joyce Marie Baker


Parents and Siblings

    Lee Andrew Burden





World Events (8)

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 1

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.
1917 · The Green Corn Rebellion

Age 2

A farmer’s revolt known as the Green Corn Rebellion resulted due to frustration toward landowners and local authorities. A small group of wealthy landowners obtained property by fraudulent means which forced many Oklahoma farmers into a tenancy in 1917. Many farmers joined the Working Class Union who became hostile toward county officials. Hundreds of men gathered on the farm of John Spears in Sasakwa where they planned to march to Washington to repeal the draft act and end the war. Their plan included eating green corn and beef along the way, which gave the rebellion its name. An informer alerted authorities and their effort was halted as several groups collided with the rebels, firing shots into the air. The men scattered, three were killed, over 400 were arrested, and 150 were convicted and received federal prison sentences.

Age 26

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

English (chiefly West Country):1. (of Norman origin) from the Old French personal name Burdo (oblique case Burdon), probably of Germanic origin, but uncertain meaning. 2. nickname for a pilgrim or one who carried a pilgrim's staff, Middle English, Old French bourdon. 3. habitational name from any of various places called Burdon or Burden. Burden in West Yorkshire and Great Burdon in County Durham are named with Old English burh ‘stronghold’, ‘fortified place’ + dūn ‘hill’; Burdon in Tyne and Wear is named with Old English bȳre ‘byre’ + denu ‘valley’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Opal Baker in household of Nolan Baker, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Opal Burden in household of Lee A Burden, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Opal Keen in entry for William G Burden, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

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