Laura Ella Smith

23 September 1858–1 July 1928 (Age 69)
Armington, Tazewell, Illinois, United States

The Life Summary of Laura Ella

When Laura Ella Smith was born on 23 September 1858, in Armington, Tazewell, Illinois, United States, her father, Joseph A. Smith, was 28 and her mother, Margaret Hieronymus, was 22. She married Wilson Thompson Bayless on 12 June 1881, in Waynesville, DeWitt, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She lived in Hittle Township, Tazewell, Illinois, United States in 1860 and Waynesville, DeWitt, Illinois, United States for about 10 years. She died on 1 July 1928, in Normal, McLean, Illinois, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Waynesville, DeWitt, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

Wilson Thompson Bayless
Laura Ella Smith
Marriage: 12 June 1881
Gertrude May Bayless
Harry Earl Bayless
Alma Ruth Bayless

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    12 June 1881Waynesville, DeWitt, Illinois, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1861 · Simple life to Soldiers
    Age 3
    Illinois contributed 250,000 soldiers to the Union Army, ranking it fourth in terms of the total men fighting for a single state. Troops mainly fought in the Western side of the Appalachian Mountains, but a few regiments played important roles in the East side. Several thousand Illinoisians died during the war. No major battles were fought in the state, although several towns became sites for important supply depots and navy yards. Not everyone in the state supported the war and there were calls for secession in Southern Illinois several residents. However, the movement for secession soon died after the proposal was blocked.
    Age 5
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
    1877 · The First Workers Strike
    Age 19
    The country was in great economic distress in mid-1877, which caused many workers of the Railroad to come together and began the first national strike in the United States. Crowds gathered in Chicago in extreme number to be a part of the strike which was later named the Great Railroad Strike. Shortly after the strike began, the battle was fought between the authorities and many of the strikers. The conflict escalated to violence and quickly each side turned bloody.

    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 (16)

    • Laura Smiith in household of Green Hainline, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Laura E Bayless in household of Wilson T Bayless, "United States Census, 1910"
    • Laura E Bayless in household of Wilson T Bayless, "United States Census, 1920"

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