Frances Ethel Lake

1 May 1891–31 December 1985 (Age 94)
Union, South Carolina, United States

The Life Summary of Frances Ethel

When Frances Ethel Lake was born on 1 May 1891, in Union, South Carolina, United States, her father, Middleton Columbus Lake, was 44 and her mother, Laura Ollie Smith, was 37. She married Melton Otis Lancaster on 9 October 1913. They were the parents of at least 5 sons. She lived in Union, Union, South Carolina, United States for about 30 years and Union Township, Union, South Carolina, United States for about 5 years. She died on 31 December 1985, in Union, South Carolina, United States, at the age of 94, and was buried in Union, South Carolina, United States.

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Family Time Line

Melton Otis Lancaster
Frances Ethel Lake
Marriage: 9 October 1913
Melton Otis Lancaster Jr
Albert Lake Lancaster
Francis Middleton Lancaster
Melton Bennett Lancaster
Sidney Williams Lancaster

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    9 October 1913
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson
    Age 5
    A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
    1898 · War with the Spanish
    Age 7
    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.
    1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress
    Age 25
    Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

    Name Meaning

    English (mainly West Country): topographic name usually for someone who lived by a streamlet (Middle English lak(e), Old English lacu) or who lived at or came from any of the places so named, such as Lack in Church Stoke (Shropshire) and Lake in Wilsford near Amesbury (Wiltshire). Lake is a common minor placename in Devon.English: occasionally perhaps a topographic name for someone who lived by a lake or pool (Middle English, Old French lake), though it is uncertain that this word was current in ordinary vocabulary during the main period of surname formation (1250–1400).North German and Dutch: habitational name from any of several places in Westphalia and Lower Saxony so named, or a topographic name from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch lake ‘swamp, swampy meadow’ (Middle Dutch also ‘border water’).

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

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    Sources (10)

    • Francie L Lancaster in household of Otis Lancaster, "United States Census, 1940"
    • Frances Lake in entry for Albert Lake Lancaster and Emily Howell Campbell, "Virginia, Marriage Certificates, 1936-1988"
    • Francis L Lancaster in household of Otis M Lancaster, "United States Census, 1930"

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