Thomas Lamar Smith

10 October 1905–30 December 1993 (Age 88)
Bessemer, Jefferson, Alabama, United States

The Life of Thomas Lamar

When Thomas Lamar Smith was born on 10 October 1905, in Bessemer, Jefferson, Alabama, United States, his father, Ernest Coker Smith, was 26 and his mother, Rosa Belle Ware, was 20. He had at least 1 son with Elsie L Simpkin. He lived in Election Precinct 43, Jefferson, Alabama, United States in 1930 and Flint Township, Genesee, Michigan, United States in 1940. He died on 30 December 1993, in Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in Bethany Cemetery, Bethany, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States.

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Thomas Lamar Smith
Elsie L Simpkin
Clark Wayne Smith

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    Clark Wayne Smith


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    Horace Merly M. Smith




    Tammie L. Smith


    Maurice Smith


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World Events (8)

1906 · Saving Food Labels

Age 1

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.
1910 · Upper Twin Falls Bridge

Age 5

The Upper Twin Falls Bridge which connected Breitung Township, Michigan, to Florence County, Wisconsin. The through-truss bridge spanned the Menominee River and was completed in 1910. The bridge was closed to through traffic in 1971 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Age 24

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)

  • Thomas Smith, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Thomas L Smith, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Thany Smith in household of Earnst C Smith, "United States Census, 1920"

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