When Clarence Henry Smedley was born on 14 December 1875, in Vernon Township, Washington, Indiana, United States, his father, Henry King Smedley, was 27 and his mother, Esther Carolina Stephenson, was 21. He married Clara Denola Pennington on 18 October 1899, in Washington, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Washington, Daviess, Indiana, United States in 1920 and Salem, Washington Township, Washington, Indiana, United States for about 10 years. He died on 4 February 1941, in Washington, Indiana, United States, at the age of 65, and was buried in Salem, Washington Township, Washington, Indiana, United States.
English (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire, and Lancashire): habitational name, mostly from Smithley in Wombwell (Yorkshire) but also from Smedley (Lancashire). The placenames probably mean ‘wood or woodland clearing of the smiths’, from Old English smitha, genitive plural form of smith ‘smith’, + lēah ‘woodland clearing’.