William Franklin Smith

25 March 1849–9 January 1927 (Age 77)
Duplin, North Carolina, United States

The Life of William Franklin

When William Franklin Smith was born on 25 March 1849, in Duplin, North Carolina, United States, his father, John J Smith, was 36 and his mother, Mary Ann Williams, was 22. He married Frances Ann Kornegay on 18 August 1870, in Duplin, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. He lived in Albertson, Duplin, North Carolina, United States in 1900 and Glisson Township, Duplin, North Carolina, United States for about 10 years. He registered for military service in 1865. He died on 9 January 1927, in Duplin, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Kornegay, Duplin, North Carolina, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Franklin Smith
Frances Ann Kornegay
Marriage: 18 August 1870
Delia Ann Smith
Willis Green Smith
Mary Susan Smith
Abby Elizabeth Smith

Spouse and Children

18 August 1870
Duplin, North Carolina, United States


Parents and Siblings

    John J Smith


    Mary Ann Williams




    Sarah Safronia Smith


    Jacob Smith



    John Hussey Smith


    Mary Elinor Smith


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World Events (8)

1853 · First State Fair

Age 4

The first state fair in North Carolina was held in Raleigh and was put on by the North Carolina State Agricultural Society in 1853. The fair has been continuous except for during the American Civil War and Reconstruction and WWII.

Age 14

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Age 21

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.

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)

  • William T Smith in household of John Smith, "United States Census, 1850"
  • William F Smith in household of John Smith, "United States Census, 1860"
  • William F Smith in household of John Smith, "United States Census, 1870"

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