Elizabeth J. Smith

6 February 1901–11 July 1989 (Age 88)
Pike, Kentucky, United States

The Life Summary of Elizabeth J.

When Elizabeth J. Smith was born on 6 February 1901, in Pike, Kentucky, United States, her father, Thomas Benton Smith, was 46 and her mother, Esther May, was 27. She married Irving J. Runyon on 12 January 1924, in Canada, Pike, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. She lived in Magisterial District 6, Pike, Kentucky, United States in 1940. She died on 11 July 1989, in Canada, Pike, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in Sidney, Pike, Kentucky, United States.

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Family Time Line

Irving J. Runyon
Elizabeth J. Smith
Marriage: 12 January 1924
Joyce Runyon
Betty Mae Runyon

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    12 January 1924Canada, Pike, Kentucky, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1902 · So Much Farm Land
    Age 1
    A law that funded many irrigation and agricultural projects in the western states.
    1904 · The Black Patch War
    Age 3
    From 1904-1909, the Black Patch War took place. This was a war between about 30 counties in southwestern Kentucky and northwestern Tennessee. The war was mostly over the Dark Fired Tobacco that was produced in the area during this time.
    1926 · Mammoth Cave is Discovered
    Age 25
    In 1926, in central Kentucky, Mammoth Cave was discovered. It dates back to Mississippian times and consists of over four hundred miles of passageway. On July 1, 1941, the cave was made a National Park.

    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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    Sources (15)

    • Elizabeth Runyon in household of Erving Runyon, "United States Census, 1940"
    • Elizabeth Smith, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"
    • Elizabeth Smith in entry for Joyce Runyon, "Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965"

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