Elizabeth "Bessie" Smith

FemaleJanuary 1890–2 July 1967

Brief Life History of Elizabeth "Bessie"

When Elizabeth "Bessie" Smith was born in January 1890, in South Carolina, United States, her father, Columbus Daniel Smith, was 27 and her mother, Rosley Jane Thorne, was 33. She lived in Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States in 1935 and Spartanburg, Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States in 1940. She died on 2 July 1967, in Columbia, Richland, South Carolina, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Chesnee, Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States.

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Nebuchanezzer Byanker "Cazzie" Swofford
1878–1946
Elizabeth "Bessie" Smith
1890–1967

Sources (8)

  • Bessie Smith in household of Columbus D Smith, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Elizabeth Smith Calvert, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Bessie Smith Willoughby in entry for Audrey Kennith Willoughby, "South Carolina Deaths, 1915-1965"

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World Events (8)

1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

Age 0

This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.

1890 · Woman's Suffrage

Age 0

An organization formed in favor of women's suffrages. By combining the National Woman Suffrage Association and the American Woman Suffrage Association, the NAWSA eventually increased in membership up to two million people. It is still one of the largest voluntary organizations in the nation today and held a major role in passing the Nineteenth Amendment.

1912 · The Girl Scouts

Age 22

Like the Boy Scouts of America, The Girl Scouts is a youth organization for girls in the United States. Its purpose is to prepare girls to empower themselves and by acquiring practical skills.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: occupational name denoting a worker in metal, especially iron, such as a blacksmith or farrier, from Middle English smith ‘smith’ (Old English smith, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Early examples are also found in the Latin form Faber . Metal-working was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents in other languages were 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 also the most frequent of all surnames in the US. It is very common among African Americans and Native Americans (see also 5 below). This surname (in any of the two possible English senses; see also below) is also found in Haiti. See also Smither .

English: from Middle English smithe ‘smithy, forge’ (Old English smiththe). The surname may be topographic, for someone who lived in or by a blacksmith's shop, occupational, for someone who worked in one, or habitational, from a place so named, such as Smitha in King's Nympton (Devon). Compare Smithey .

Irish and Scottish: sometimes adopted for Gaelic Mac Gobhann, Irish Mac Gabhann ‘son of the smith’. See McGowan .

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

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