James C " Tom" Best

1 April 1919–23 June 1995 (Age 76)
Cordell, Washita, Oklahoma Territory, United States

The Life of James C " Tom"

When James C " Tom" Best was born on 1 April 1919, in Cordell, Washita, Oklahoma Territory, United States, his father, Oscar James Best, was 39 and his mother, Minnie Ola Nickell, was 32. He lived in Springdale Township, Washington, Arkansas, United States in 1935 and Justice Precinct 1, Potter, Texas, United States in 1940. He died on 23 June 1995, in Newport, Clay, Texas, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Hunt, Texas, United States.

Photos & Memories (0)

Photos & Memories

Do you know this person? Do you have a story about him you would like to share? Sign in or Create a FREE Account

Family Time Line

Oscar James Best
Minnie Ola Nickell
Offie Edgar Best
Mamie Eula Best
John Leo Best
Anna Lou Best
Clayton Clifton " Pete" Best
Margie Oleada Best
Flora I Best
Myrtle Lee Best
James C " Tom" Best

Parents and Siblings



+4 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 1

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.
1921 · Tulsa Race Massacre

Age 2

 By 1921, Tulsa was a booming city with a population of over one hundred thousand, with ten thousand African Americans in the Greenwood District. Crime rates in Tulsa soared and vigilantism was present. An incident occurred with Dick Rowland, an African American shoe shiner, and Sara Page, a white elevator operator. Reports claim Rowland stepped on Page’s foot and she let out a scream. The newspaper reported Rowland attempted to rape Page. Rowland was arrested and white vigilantes demanded the sheriff to hand over Rowland for lynching. An armed group of African American men went to the courthouse to aid in protecting Rowland from the mob. The group was turned away and a shot was fired between the white and African American groups, which ignited a riot. While buildings in Tulsa were burned, a major effort by whites focused mainly on the Greenwood District which was burned to the ground and many were shot. Over 30 people were killed and many were injured in the riots. 

Age 22

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

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.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • J C Best in household of Oscar J Best, "United States Census, 1940"
  • James C Best in household of Oscar J Best, "United States Census, 1920"
  • James C Best in household of Oscar J Best, "United States Census, 1930"

Find more of your family story

As a non-profit, we offer free help to anyone looking to learn the details of their family story.

Create a free account to view more about your family.
Create a free account
Share this with your family and friends.