Bessie Mae Smith

1903–1985 (Age 82)
Texas, Missouri, United States

The Life of Bessie Mae

When Bessie Mae Smith was born in 1903, in Texas, Missouri, United States, her father, Harry Monroe Smith, was 30 and her mother, Mary Ellen "Mollie" Keeney, was 25. She married John Thomas Rodgers about 1924, in Licking, Texas, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Jackson Township, Texas, Missouri, United States for about 10 years and Lynch Township, Texas, Missouri, United States for about 10 years. She died in 1985, at the age of 82, and was buried in Licking, Texas, Missouri, United States.

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John Thomas Rodgers
Bessie Mae Smith
Marriage: about 1924
Roscoe Roy Rodgers
Vera B Rodgers

Spouse and Children

    John Thomas Rodgers



about 1924
Licking, Texas, Missouri, United States


    Roscoe Roy Rodgers


    Vera B Rodgers


Parents and Siblings



World Events (8)

1903 · Department of Commerce and Labor

Age 0

A short-lived Cabinet department which was concerned with controlling the excesses of big business. Later being split and the Secretary of Commerce and Labor splitting into two separate positions.
1904 · The World's Fair of 1904

Age 1

St. Louis hosted the 1904 World's Fair and welcomed a crowd of 200,000 visitors on opening day of April 30, 1904. The fair had exhibits from 50 countries and 43 states. Several notable inventions showcased at the fair include iced tea and the ice cream cone. By the time of its closing in December 1904, over 20 million people had visited the fair.

Age 24

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

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)

  • Bessie Smith in household of Monroe H Smith, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Bessie Rogers in household of John J Rogers, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Bessie M Rodgers in household of John T Rodgers, "United States Census, 1930"

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