William Russell Best

19 October 1864–13 September 1884 (Age 19)
Washington Township, Newton, Indiana, United States

The Life of William Russell

When William Russell Best was born on 19 October 1864, in Washington Township, Newton, Indiana, United States, his father, William Best, was 41 and his mother, Elizabeth Russell, was 37. He lived in Newton, Jefferson Township, Newton, Indiana, United States in 1870. He died on 13 September 1884, at the age of 19.

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Family Time Line

William Best
1822–1902
Elizabeth Russell
1827–1881
John Prior Best
1850–1917
Son Best
1870–1870
James Albert Best
1852–1885
Luther H. Best
1855–1883
Anna Maria Best
1859–1884
Laura Jane Best
1859–1877
William Russell Best
1864–1884
Margaret Elenore Best
1867–1948

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World Events (8)

1865

Age 1

Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.
1865 · The Assassination of a President

Age 1

"While attending the play ""Our American Cousin"" in Ford's Theatre, actor John Wilkes Booth climbed up the stairs to the suite that President Abraham Lincoln and his wife resided. Once inside the suite Booth pulled out his pistol and shot The President in the head. In critical condition The President was carried out of the theatre for urgent medical attention. Unfortunately, Lincoln died the following day. Abraham Lincoln was the first American president to be assassinated, and his death caused a period of national mourning both in the North and South."
1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Age 6

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.

Name Meaning

1 English, northern Irish, and French: from Middle English, Old French beste ‘animal’, ‘beast’ (Latin bestia), applied either as a metonymic occupational name for someone who looked after beasts—a herdsman—or as a derogatory nickname for someone thought to resemble an animal, i.e. a violent, uncouth, or stupid man. It is unlikely that the name is derived from best, Old English betst, superlative of good. By far the most frequent spelling of the French surname is Beste, but it is likely that in North America this form has largely been assimilated to Best.2 German: from a short form of Sebastian .

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

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  • William R Best in household of William Best, "United States Census, 1870"
  • William R Best in household of William Best, "United States Census, 1880"

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