William Wesley Smith

29 July 1873–5 January 1955 (Age 81)
Tennessee, United States

The Life of William Wesley

When William Wesley Smith was born on 29 July 1873, in Tennessee, United States, his father, John E. Smith, was 22 and his mother, Elmina Connelly, was 20. He married Aldecky Briggs on 12 October 1903, in Unicoi, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Coffee Ridge, Unicoi, Tennessee, United States in 1880 and Civil District 10, Unicoi, Tennessee, United States in 1910. He died on 5 January 1955, in Erwin, Unicoi, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Martins Creek Cemetery, Erwin, Unicoi, Tennessee, United States.

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William Wesley Smith
Aldecky Briggs
Marriage: 12 October 1903
Ola Emily Smith

Spouse and Children

12 October 1903
Unicoi, Tennessee, United States


    Ola Emily Smith


Parents and Siblings

    John E. Smith


    Elmina Connelly




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World Events (8)

1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 2

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.
1878 · Yellow Fever Epidemic

Age 5

When a man that had escaped a quarantined steamboat with yellow fever went to a restaurant he infected Kate Bionda the owner. This was the start of the yellow fever epidemic in Memphis, Tennessee. By the end of the epidemic 5,200 of the residence would die.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 23

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

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 W Smith, "United States Census, 1910"
  • William T W Smith in household of John E Smith, "United States Census, 1880"
  • William Smith, "United States Census, 1920"

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