William Edward Smith

30 June 1925–7 July 2012 (Age 87)
Halifax, North Carolina, United States

The Life of William Edward

When William Edward Smith was born on 30 June 1925, in Halifax, North Carolina, United States, his father, Ernest Edward Smith, was 39 and his mother, Sally Victoria Parker, was 21. He married Annie Blanche Faithful on 27 July 1946, in Greensville, Virginia, United States. He lived in Enfield Township, Halifax, North Carolina, United States in 1940. He died on 7 July 2012, at the age of 87, and was buried in Edgecombe Memorial Park, Tarboro, Edgecombe, North Carolina, United States.

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William Edward Smith
Annie Blanche Faithful
Marriage: 27 July 1946

Spouse and Children

27 July 1946
Greensville, Virginia, United States

Parents and Siblings




    Ernestine Smith



    Hellen Wayne Smith


    Rudolph Smith


World Events (8)


Age 2

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.

Age 4

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.
1948 · The Beginning of the Cold War

Age 23

The Berlin Blockade was the first major crises of the Cold War. The Soviet Union blocked all access to the sectors of Berlin under Western control and offered to drop the blockade if the newly introduced Deutsche Mark was removed from West Berlin. The Berlin Blockade showed the different ideological and economic visions for postwar Europe. Even though there wasn't any fire fight during the cold war, many of these skirmishes arose and almost caused nuclear war on multiple occasions.

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)

  • Edward Smith in household of Earnest Smith, "United States Census, 1940"
  • William Edward Smith in entry for Walter Lee Adcock and Judy Smith Taylor, "Virginia, Marriage Certificates, 1936-1988"
  • William Edward Smith, "Virginia, Marriage Certificates, 1936-1988"

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