William D. Smith

Pickens, Pickens, South Carolina, United States

The Life of William D.

William D. Smith was born in 1878, in Pickens, Pickens, South Carolina, United States. He married Janey Estelle (Ella) or Ellie Hudson about 1900. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Atlanta, DeKalb, Georgia, United States in 1930.

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William D. Smith
Janey Estelle (Ella) or Ellie Hudson
Marriage: about 1900
May Smith
John Bennie Smith
Garlet or Good Jett Smith
Billie Smith
Leon Smith

Spouse and Children

about 1900


    May Smith


    John Bennie Smith


    Garlet or Good Jett Smith


    Billie Smith


    Leon Smith


World Events (8)

1878 · Liberian Exodus

Age 0

April 21, 1878, around 206 African Americans boarde the ship Azor for Liberia.The cause for this is with the rise of political power, it makes life even harder for the African Americans.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 3

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1909 · The NAACP is formed

Age 31

Organized as a civil rights organization, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a bi-racial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans. It is one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the nation.

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 D Smith, "United States Census, 1930"
  • W D Smith, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Legacy NFS Source: William Derias Smith - birth:

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