John Herbert Dillinger

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John Herbert Dillinger

Birthdate: (31)
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, USA, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, United States
Death: Died in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States
Cause of death: Assassination
Place of Burial: Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Wilson Dillinger and Mary Ellen "Mollie" Dillinger
Husband of Beryl Ethel Hovious
Brother of Audrey Mary Hancock
Half brother of Hubert M. Dillinger; Doris Hoffman and Frances Thompson

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About John Herbert Dillinger

Dillinger family history

John Herbert Dillinger was born June 22, 1903 in Indianapolis, Indiana, the younger of two children born to John Wilson Dillinger (1864-1943) and Mary Ellen "Molly" Lancaster (1860-1907), who had married August 23, 1887 in Marion County, Indiana.

The elder John Dillinger was reportedly a harsh father and a grocer by trade. The couple had one older daughter, Audrey, born March 6, 1889. After the death of Molly Dillinger in 1907, he was primarily raised by his teenage sister while their father manned his business. Audrey married in 1907 to Everett "Fred" Hancock and had the first of their seven children in 1908.

Their father remarried on May 23, 1912 in Morgan County, Indiana to Elizabeth "Lizzie" Fields (1878-1933). Initially Dillinger was jealous and disliked his stepmother but reportedly eventually came to love her as his own mother. When in jail he was paroled to see her after she had become ill but arrived home to find that she had already died. Dillinger's father and stepmother had three children, Hubert Dillinger, born c. 1913, Doris Dillinger, born c. 1918 (married surname Hockman) and Frances Dillinger born c. 1922 (married surname Thompson). On April 9, 2004 Ethel Schooling Dillinger died in Indianpolis, Indiana at age 86 years. She was listed as the widow of Hubert M. Dillinger. Doris Dillinger Hockman, born December 12, 1917, died March 14, 2001 in Martinsville, Indiana....


Beryl Ethel Hovious was born August 6, 1906 in Stinesville, Indiana, the daughter of Stephen Hovious and Cara Vandeventer. After he was discharged from the military, Dillinger returned to Mooresville where he met and married Beryl Hovious, in Martinsville on April 12, 1924. However she stated then her age was 19 and she was born August 5, 1904.He attempted to settle down, though he had difficulty holding a job and preserving his marriage. The marriage ended in divorce on June 20, 1929.

Beryl Dillinger remarried in July, 1929 to Harold McGowen, with the pair divorcing in July, 1931.

In 1932, she again remarried, this time to Charles Byrum and they had one child. Beryl Hovious Byrum died November 30, 1993 at Millers Merry Manor, Mooresville, Indiana and is buried at Mt. Pleasent Cemetery, Hall, Indiana.


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John Herbert Dillinger's Timeline

June 22, 1903
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, United States
July 22, 1934
Age 31
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States
July 25, 1934
Age 31
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, United States