Rufus Carlton Smith

30 September 1908–20 June 1992 (Age 83)
Page, Virginia, United States

The Life of Rufus Carlton

When Rufus Carlton Smith was born on 30 September 1908, in Page, Virginia, United States, his father, Herbert Franklin Smith, was 25 and his mother, Annie L. Miller, was 24. He died on 20 June 1992, in Luray, Page, Virginia, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Mount Zion Cemetery, Luray, Page, Virginia, United States.

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Rufus Carlton Smith
Rae Elizabeth Somers

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    Rae Elizabeth Somers


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    Herbert Franklin Smith





World Events (8)

1909 · The NAACP is formed

Age 1

Organized as a civil rights organization, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a bi-racial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans. It is one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the nation.
1917 · Camp Lee Training Facility

Age 9

Camp Lee was the sight of where Europeans first came face to face with the Powhatan Confederation. Than during the Civil War  the Union forces used it as a surprise attack and blocked Lee’s army from the supply base. When World War II started Fort Lee became Camp Lee and was used as a training facility.

Age 23

The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.

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)

  • Rufus C Smith in household of James L Hoak, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Rufus C Smith in household of James L Hoak, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Rufus Carlton Smith - Individual or family possessions: birth-name: Rufus Carlton Smith

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