Claude Edward Burgess

Brief Life History of Claude Edward

When Claude Edward Burgess was born on 6 September 1896, in Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States, his father, John Lincoln Burgess, was 29 and his mother, Fanny Nelson, was 27. He married Norma May Cornell on 4 July 1918, in Queens, New York City, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Queens, New York, United States for about 10 years and Queens, New York City, New York, United States for about 10 years. He died on 20 December 1987, in Richmond Hill, New South Wales, Australia, at the age of 91, and was buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Madison, Alabama, United States.

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Family Time Line

Claude Edward Burgess
1896–1987
Norma May Cornell
1898–1992
Marriage: 4 July 1918
Geraldine Norma Burgess
1918–2001

Sources (8)

  • Claude Burgess in household of John Burgess, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Claude Edward Burgess, "New York, New York City Births, 1846-1909"
  • Claude Edward Burgess, "New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940"

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World Events (8)

1898 · War with the Spanish

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

1913 · The Woolworth Building Opens as the Tallest Building in the World

At 792 feet above Broadway, the Woolworth Building became the tallest building in the world and held the record for 17 years. The Woolworth Building was overshadowed by the Chrysler Building at 1,046 feet in 1930 and the Empire State Building at 1,454 feet in 1931. Retailer and mogul Frank W. Woolworth commissioned the Woolworth Building in 1910 with the intent of his namesake building to be the tallest in the world. The 13 million dollar project was financed in cash by Woolworth which allowed him freedoms in the design and construction of the ornate, gothic building. An opening ceremony was held on April 24, 1913 at which President Woodrow Wilson pressed a button from the White House and lit the historic building in New York City.

1920

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.

Name Meaning

English: status name from Middle English burge(i)s, burgis, borgeis ‘inhabitant of a borough’ (strictly one possessing full municipal rights), ‘freeman of a borough’. Burgesses generally had tenure of land or buildings from a landlord by burgage. In medieval England burgage involved the payment of a fixed money rent (as opposed to payment in kind); in Scotland it involved payment in service, guarding the town. The -eis ending is from Latin -ensis (modern English -ese as in Portuguese). Compare Burger .

Americanized form of French Bourgeois .

History: Thomas Burgess came from England to MA c. 1630 and eventually settled in Sandwich, MA.

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

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