Florence Brake

1869–
Illinois, United States

The Life of Florence

When Florence Brake was born in 1869, in Illinois, United States, her father, Walter F Brake, was 27 and her mother, Margaret, was 17.

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Family Time Line

Walter F Brake
1842–
Margaret
1852–
Walter Theodore Brake
1867–1930
Florence Brake
1869–

Parents and Siblings

    Walter F Brake

    Male1842–Male

    Margaret

    Female1852–Female

siblings

(2)

    Walter Theodore Brake

    Male1867–1930Male

    Female1869–Female

World Events (3)

1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Age 1

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.
1870 · Giving all the right to vote

Age 1

The Act was an extension of the Fifteenth Amendment, that prohibited discrimination by state offices in voter registration. It also helped empower the President with the authority to enforce the first section of the Fifteenth Amendment throughout the United States. Being the first of three Enforcement Acts passed by the Congress, it helped combat attacks on the suffrage rights of African Americans.
1871

Age 2

In 1871, a cow kicked over a lantern, causing a fire that burned down half of Chicago. Today this city is the third largest in the US.

Name Meaning

1 English: topographic name for someone who lived by a clump of bushes or by a patch of bracken. Brake ‘thicket’ and brake ‘bracken’ were homonyms in Middle English. The first is from Old English bracu; the second is by folk etymology from northern Middle English braken, -en being taken as a plural ending. After the words had fallen together, their senses also became confused.2 North German: habitational name from any of several places so named, notably the town on the Weser, or a topographic name from Middle Low German brāk ‘clearing’, ‘coppice’.

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

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Sources (1)

  • 1870 United States Federal Census

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