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Bessie A. Elson

Bessie A. Elson

Female 1883 - 1972  (89 years)

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  • Name Bessie A. Elson  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Nickname Bess 
    Born 25 Oct 1883  Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 5, 6
    Gender Female 
    Died 5 Nov 1972  Grand Rapids, Kent Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Buried Fennville Cem, Fennville, Allegan Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Person ID I492  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 11 Aug 2016 

    Father Joseph ("Joe") A. Elson, Jr.,   b. 2 Nov 1858, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1936, Riverside, Berrien Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Augusta C. Aussieker,   b. Oct 1864, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1946  (Age ~ 81 years) 
    Married 1 Jan 1883  Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 7, 8
    Family ID F165  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Edward William Olson,   b. 17 Jul 1883, Chicago, Cook Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jul 1935, Ganges Twsp, Allegan Cnty, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Married 18 Sep 1907  Chicago, Cook Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 9
    Last Modified 11 Aug 2016 
    Family ID F5038  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • The 1900 census records the entire Elson family: Joseph, 39, born Nov 1860 in Iowa; Augusta, 35, born Oct 1864 in Iowa; and their Illinois-born children: Bessie, 16, b. Oct 1883; James, 13, b. Aug 1886; "Matie," 12, b. Mar 1888; and Rose, 10, b. Apr 1890. 1900 U.S. Census, Ward 31, Chicago, Cook Cnty, IL (T 623, Roll 284, stamped p. 308B).
    • A Cook Cnty, IL, Marriage Index records that Edward William Olson married Bessie Elson on 18 Sep 1907 in Chicago, Cook Cnty, IL.

      In 1910 the census records that "Bessie A" Olson, 26, was living with her husband of 3 years, Edward W, 28 in Chicago. Edward was a salesperson of "Dry Goods." 1910 U.S. Census, Ward 32, Chicago, Cook Cnty, IL (stamped p. 138).
    • The 1920 census lists Bessie, 36, living with her husband Edward Olson, 37; both were born in Illinois; they have no children in the home. Edward was a fruit farmer. 1920 U.S. Census, Ganges Twsp , Allegan Cnty, MI (Roll T625, Roll 753, stamped p. 136B).

      The Social Security Death Index provides that Bessie Olson (SSN 379-32-4890; issued by Michigan) was born 25 Oct 1883 and died in Nov 1972 while residing in Grand Rapids, Kent Cnty, MI.

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] Bertha Newens|, Bertha Ina (Newens) Snouffer, "Newens & Snouffer Family Records", (Bertha Ina (Newens) Snouffer; unpublished charts; created abt 1960; revised abt 1970; original charts possessed by Wm.C.Snouffer).

    2. [S552] IL Census 1900, Chicago|, Chicago, Cook Cnty, IL, 1900 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), (T623, Roll 284, p. 308B).

    3. [S893] IL Marriages - Cook Cnty Index 1 |, Illinois Dep't of Public Health Records, Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871–1920, (Illinois Dep't of Public Health Records, Div of Vital Records, Springfield, IL; Online database, http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2556).

    4. [S40] Obituary|, Anonymous, "Obituary", (Joseph A Elson; 24 Apr 1936).

    5. [S281] Social Security|, U.S. Social Security Admin., Social Security Death Index, (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3693).

    6. [S103] FindaGrave|, FindaGrave.com, (www.FindAGrave.com), 101033540.

    7. [S879] IA Marriages, 1838-1934 |, Iowa County Court Clerks, Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934, (Online database, "Historical Record Collections," Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, UT; https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/list ).

    8. [S699] MI Census 1930, Berrien, Michigan, Berrien Cnty, 1930 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), (T626, Roll 976, p. 105B).

    9. [S893] IL Marriages - Cook Cnty Index 1 |, Illinois Dep't of Public Health Records, Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871–1920, (Illinois Dep't of Public Health Records, Div of Vital Records, Springfield, IL; Online database, http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2556), (LDS Film 1030427).