Elizabeth “Bessie” Iola Smyre

16 October 1875–10 July 1945 (Age 69)
Catawba, North Carolina, United States

The Life of Elizabeth “Bessie” Iola

Elizabeth “Bessie” Iola Smyre was born on 16 October 1875, in Catawba, North Carolina, United States as the daughter of Francis Shuford Smyre and Susan Ellen Miller. She married Benjamin Lewis Westenbarger on 2 June 1892, in Conover, Catawba, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Worth Township, Boone, Indiana, United States in 1920. She died on 10 July 1945, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Glendale, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Benjamin Lewis Westenbarger
Elizabeth “Bessie” Iola Smyre
Marriage: 2 June 1892
John Richard Westenbarger
Worth Doerman Westenbarger
Mary Ellen Westenbarger
Lewis Clinton Westenbarger
William Henry Westenbarger
Francis Martin Westenbarger

Spouse and Children

2 June 1892
Conover, Catawba, North Carolina, United States


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World Events (8)

1876 · The First Worlds Fair in the U.S.

Age 1

The First official World's Fair, was held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. 37 Countries provided venues for all to see.
1882 · Electricity Comes to Los Angeles

Age 7

Electricity was first introduced to Los Angeles. The first electric street light had “three carbon-arc lamps of three thousand candle-power” and stood 150 feet tall. 
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 21

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.

Name Meaning

See Smyer .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Bessie S Westenbarger in household of Benjamin Louis Westenbarger, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Bessie I Westenberger in household of B L Westenberger, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Bessie Westenbarges in household of B L Westenbarges, "United States Census, 1920"

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