Frances Ethel Smith

18 November 1910–2 March 1985 (Age 74)
Orillia, Simcoe, Ontario, Canada

The Life of Frances Ethel

When Frances Ethel Smith was born on 18 November 1910, in Orillia, Simcoe, Ontario, Canada, her father, Francis B. Smith, was 34 and her mother, Jessie Trill, was 32. She married John Passmore Thomson on 7 October 1937, in Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada. She lived in Simcoe, Ontario, Canada in 1911. She died on 2 March 1985, at the age of 74.

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John Passmore Thomson
Frances Ethel Smith
Marriage: 7 October 1937

Spouse and Children

7 October 1937
Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada

Parents and Siblings

    Francis B. Smith





World Events (5)

1934 · Dionne Quintuplets Born

Age 24

Born on May 28, 1934, the Dionne quintuplets were the first set of quintuplets to survive infancy. The five girls were born two months prematuare and months later were taken from their parents by the Red Cross. In the 1940s they were returned to their family.
1943 · Conservative Party Wins Ontario Election

Age 33

George A. Drew was the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party. In 1943, they won the Ontario election.
1955 · General Motors Auto Workers Strike

Age 45

From 1955-1956, around 17,000 workers for General Motors went on strike. They wanted a pay raise, more secure working conditions, and a health plan half paid by General Motors. The strike lasted 148 days.

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)

  • Frances Ethel Smith, "Ontario Births, 1869-1911"
  • Francis Ethel Smith in household of Francis Smith, "Canada Census, 1911"
  • Frances Ethel Thomson, "British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993"

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