John James Screven Smith

12 July 1859–25 January 1953 (Age 93)
Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi, United States

The Life of John James Screven

When John James Screven Smith was born on 12 July 1859, in Macon, Noxubee, Mississippi, United States, his father, John James Screven Smith, was 28 and his mother, Eliza Margaret Spann, was 24. He married Rebecca Theodocia Muldrow in October 1890, in Ballinger, Runnels, Texas, United States. He lived in Carlsbad, Eddy, New Mexico, United States in 1920. He died on 25 January 1953, in Robert Lee, Coke, Texas, United States, at the age of 93.

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Family Time Line

John James Screven Smith
Rebecca Theodocia Muldrow
Marriage: October 1890

Spouse and Children

October 1890
Ballinger, Runnels, Texas, United States

Parents and Siblings

    John James Screven Smith


    Eliza Margaret Spann




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World Events (8)


Age 2

Mississippi became the second state to leave the Union at the start of the Civil War in 1861.

Age 4

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Age 27

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

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)

  • John J S Smith, "United States Census, 1900"
  • John J S Smith, "United States Census, 1920"
  • John James Scriven Smith, "Texas Deaths, 1890-1976"

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