Ella Mae Smith

22 October 1907–1 March 1990 (Age 82)
Prosperity, Raleigh, West Virginia, United States

The Life of Ella Mae

When Ella Mae Smith was born on 22 October 1907, in Prosperity, Raleigh, West Virginia, United States, her father, John Henry Smith, was 37 and her mother, Alice Arrie Thompson, was 26. She married Walter Houston Cheek in June 1925. She lived in Raleigh, West Virginia, United States in 1920 and Charleston, Kanawha, West Virginia, United States in 1930. She died on 1 March 1990, at the age of 82, and was buried in High Lawn Memorial Park, Oak Hill, Fayette, West Virginia, United States.

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Family Time Line

Walter Houston Cheek
Ella Mae Smith
Marriage: June 1925

Spouse and Children

June 1925

Parents and Siblings



    Hobert Edgar Smith


    Howard Nelson Smith


    Birdie Ethel (twin) Smith




+8 More Children

World Events (8)

1908 · The Bureau of Investigation is formed

Age 1

Known as the National Bureau of Criminal Identification, The Bureau of Investigation helped agencies across the country identify different criminals. President Roosevelt instructed that there be an autonomous investigative service that would report only to the Attorney General.
1909 · The NAACP is formed

Age 2

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.

Age 22

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 (3)

  • Ella M Smith in household of John A Smith, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Ella Cheek in household of Walter Cheek, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Ella Cheek in household of Walter Cheek, "United States Census, 1940"

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