Stella Grace Underwood

14 May 1895–16 April 1978 (Age 82)
Jefferson City, Jefferson, Tennessee, United States

The Life of Stella Grace

When Stella Grace Underwood was born on 14 May 1895, in Jefferson City, Jefferson, Tennessee, United States, her father, Rev. Oliver Leonidas Underwood, was 35 and her mother, Minnie Estelle Hodges, was 26. She married James Preston Swann on 4 May 1918, in Jefferson, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Civil District 8, Jefferson, Tennessee, United States in 1910 and Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia, United States in 1940. She died on 16 April 1978, in Dandridge, Jefferson, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Hamblen, Tennessee, United States.

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James Preston Swann
Stella Grace Underwood
Marriage: 4 May 1918
Helen Swan
James Preston Swan

Spouse and Children

4 May 1918
Jefferson, Tennessee, United States


    Helen Swan


    James Preston Swan


    UNKNOWN Swain


Parents and Siblings

    Rev. Oliver Leonidas Underwood


    Minnie Estelle Hodges




World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 1

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.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 3

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

Age 22

U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: topographic name for someone who lived near or in a wood, from Middle English under + wude, wode ‘wood’, or a habitational name from any of various places so named, for example in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, and the former county of Ayrshire (from Old English under + wudu).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Stella G Underwood in household of Oliver Underwood, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Grace Swann, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Grace Swann in household of James P Swann, "United States Census, 1940"

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