James Clyde Smith

14 December 1909–11 May 1980 (Age 70)
Darlington, Darlington, South Carolina, United States

The Life Summary of James Clyde

When James Clyde Smith was born on 14 December 1909, in Darlington, Darlington, South Carolina, United States, his father, Elisha Brown Smith, was 28 and his mother, Minnie Frances Davis, was 27. He married Sallie Purvis on 12 June 1932, in Chesterfield, South Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Court House Township, Chesterfield, South Carolina, United States for about 10 years. He died on 11 May 1980, in Hartsville, Darlington, South Carolina, United States, at the age of 70, and was buried in Hartsville, Darlington, South Carolina, United States.

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James Clyde Smith
Sallie Purvis
Marriage: 12 June 1932
Dorothy Louise Smith
James Clyde Gainey Smith
Alinda Gail Smith

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World Events (8)

1910 · The BSA is Made
Age 1
Being modeled after the Boy Scout Association in England, The Boy Scouts of America is a program for young teens to learn traits, life and social skills, and many other things to remind the public about the general act of service and kindness to others.
1916 · Anthony Crawford Lynched
Age 7
South Carolina native, father to 13 children, and a local farmer, Anthony Crawford, is lynched on October 21, 1916, in Abbeyville, South Carolina. The lynching is followed after Crawford has an arguement with a white storekeeper.
Age 20
13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.

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 (8)

  • James C Smith in household of Brown E Smith, "United States Census, 1910"
  • James C Smith in household of Elicha B Smith, "United States Census, 1920"
  • J C in entry for Elisha T Smith, "United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011"

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