Isabella Smith

October 1852–24 September 1938 (Age 86)
Greenbrier, West Virginia, United States

The Life of Isabella

When Isabella Smith was born in October 1852, in Greenbrier, West Virginia, United States, her father, David William Smith, was 23 and her mother, Sarah Margaret Eads, was 24. She married Andrew J Holcomb on 7 October 1875, in Summers, West Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Fayetteville, Fayette, West Virginia, United States for about 10 years and Huntington, Cabell, West Virginia, United States in 1930. She died on 24 September 1938, in Scarbro, Fayette, West Virginia, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Oak Hill, Fayette, West Virginia, United States.

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Family Time Line

Andrew J Holcomb
Isabella Smith
Marriage: 7 October 1875
George Washington Holcomb
Claiborne Manning Holcomb
Woodsie Warrick Holcomb
Berenice Holcomb
William A Holcomb
Ethel E Holcomb
Robert Holcomb

Spouse and Children

    Andrew J Holcomb



7 October 1875
Summers, West Virginia, United States


    George Washington Holcomb



    Woodsie Warrick Holcomb


    Berenice Holcomb


    William A Holcomb


+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+3 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 11

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Age 11

"West Virginia was given statehood status with the ""agreement"" the citizens would phase out slavery. On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln approved the Statehood Bill for West Virginia. West Virginia was proclaimed a state on April 20, 1863, with the bill becoming effective 60 days later, June 20, 1863. When West Virginia first entered statehood in 1863, there were only 46 counties. That same year, four other counties voted themselves into West Virginia. Today, there are 55 counties in the Mountain State. The oldest county in the state is Hamsphire County formed in 1754 as part of Virginia. The youngest county is Mingo formed in 1895. The smallest county is Hancock located in the northern panhandle of the state with Randolph being the largest. When the Legislature convened for its first session, there were only 47 members of the House of Delegates and 18 members of the State Senate. Through the years, the number has increased to 100 members of the House of Delegates and 34 members of the State Senate."
1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 23

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a worker in metal, from Middle English smith (Old English smið, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Metalworking was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents were perhaps the most widespread of all occupational surnames in Europe. Medieval smiths were important not only in making horseshoes, plowshares, and other domestic articles, but above all for their skill in forging swords, other weapons, and armor. This is the most frequent of all American surnames; it has also absorbed, by assimilation and translation, cognates and equivalents from many other languages (for forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988 ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Isbell Holcomb in household of A J Holcomb, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Isabella Halcomb in household of A J Halcomb, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Isabel Holcomb in household of C M Holcomb, "United States Census, 1930"

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