Ethel May Ambler

3 May 1918–3 November 1953 (Age 35)
Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia, United States

The Life of Ethel May

When Ethel May Ambler was born on 3 May 1918, in Buffalo, Putnam, West Virginia, United States, her father, David Lutellis Ambler, was 25 and her mother, Lora Ethel Riggs, was 22. She married Don Caniff in July 1937, in West Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She lived in Union Magisterial District, Kanawha, West Virginia, United States in 1920 and Pocatalico District, Putnam, West Virginia, United States in 1930. She died on 3 November 1953, at the age of 35, and was buried in St. Marys, Pleasants, West Virginia, United States.

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Don Caniff
Ethel May Ambler
Marriage: July 1937
Donald Hubert Caniff Jr.

Spouse and Children

July 1937
West Virginia, United States


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World Events (8)

1919 · The Eighteenth Amendment

Age 1

The Eighteenth Amendment established a prohibition on all intoxicating liquors in the United States. As a result of the Amendment, the Prohibition made way for bootlegging and speakeasies becoming popular in many areas. The Eighteenth Amendment was then repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment. Making it the first and only amendment that has been repealed.

Age 2

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

Age 11

13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.

Name Meaning

English (Yorkshire): from Middle English ambler ‘walker’, ‘steadypaced horse or mule’ (ultimately from Latin ambulare ‘to walk’), probably applied to someone with a steady, easy-going temperament. Reaney suggests that it may have been a facetious nickname for a fuller.

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

Sources (3)

  • May Ambler in household of David L Ambler, "United States Census, 1930"
  • E May Ambler in household of L David Ambler, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Ethel May Ambler Caniff, "West Virginia Deaths, 1804-1999"

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