Joanna Bell Humphrey

5 April 1927–13 December 1994 (Age 67)
Washington, Tennessee, United States

The Life of Joanna Bell

When Joanna Bell Humphrey was born on 5 April 1927, in Washington, Tennessee, United States, her father, James Edward Humphrey, was 23 and her mother, Ethel Kate Landers, was 22. She married Robert L Slemons on 19 December 1945, in Washington, Tennessee, United States. She lived in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States in 1930 and Detroit Ward 14, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States in 1940. She died on 13 December 1994, at the age of 67, and was buried in Jonesborough, Washington, Tennessee, United States.

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Family Time Line

Robert L Slemons
Joanna Bell Humphrey
Marriage: 19 December 1945

Spouse and Children

19 December 1945
Washington, Tennessee, United States

Parents and Siblings

    James Edward Humphrey


    Ethel Kate Landers




    Virginia Agnes Humphrey



    James Roy Humphrey


    Kathleen Judy Humphrey


    Helen Bernice Humphrey


World Events (8)

1928 · The Detroit Zoo

Age 1

The Detroit Zoological Society was founded in 1911, but the zoo didn't officially open until August 1, 1928. At the opening ceremony, Mayor John C. Nagel was to speak to the gathered crowd. Arriving late, Nagel parked his car behind the bear dens and as he came rushing around the front. A polar bear leaped from the moat in the den and stood directly in front of Nagel. Unaware how precarious his situation was, Nagel stuck out his hand and walked toward the polar bear joking, ""He's the reception committee. The Detroit Zoo was the first zoo in America with cage-less exhibits and the first zoo to no longer keep elephants because of the harsh winters causing psychological stress on them.

Age 2

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.
1945 · Peace in a Post War World

Age 18

The Yalta Conference was held in Crimea to talk about establishing peace and postwar reorganization in post-World War II Europe. The heads of government that were attending were from the United States, the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union. Later the Conference would become a subject of controversy at the start of the Cold War.

Name Meaning

Some authorities translate this name as home-free, home peace, or peace at home. It is similar to Cundfrid, which has been rendered "defensor notus," or illustrious protector. "Kun-frid" would be translated as "strong protector." Nicknames are Humps, Nump, and Numps.

Sources (3)

  • Joan Humphrey in household of James Humphrey, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Joanna Humphrey in household of Edward Humphrey, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Joanna Belle Humphrey, "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950"

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