Elva Olean Smith

19 January 1911–9 December 1995 (Age 84)
Fulton, Itawamba, Mississippi, United States

The Life of Elva Olean

When Elva Olean Smith was born on 19 January 1911, in Fulton, Itawamba, Mississippi, United States, her father, Ellie Lee Smith, was 26 and her mother, Callie Webb, was 26. She married Trellis Leeman Burch on 27 November 1930, in Fulton, Itawamba, Mississippi, United States. She lived in Clay, Itawamba, Mississippi, United States in 1920 and Beat 5, Itawamba, Mississippi, United States in 1930. She died on 9 December 1995, at the age of 84, and was buried in Itawamba Memorial Gardens, Itawamba, Mississippi, United States.

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Family Time Line

Trellis Leeman Burch
Elva Olean Smith
Marriage: 27 November 1930

Spouse and Children

    Trellis Leeman Burch



27 November 1930
Fulton, Itawamba, Mississippi, United States

Parents and Siblings





    Julian D Smith


    James Lee Smith


    Mary Lou Smith


World Events (8)

1912 · The Girl Scouts

Age 1

Like the Boy Scouts of America, The Girl Scouts is a youth organization for girls in the United States. Its purpose is to prepare girls to empower themselves and by acquiring practical skills.
1916 · Mississippi State Sanatorium for TB is Established

Age 5

The Mississippi State Sanatorium is a hospital used for tuberculosis patients. This lasted from 1918 to the 1950s. The Sanatorium has now been turned into a museum.
1935 · The FBI is Established

Age 24

The Bureau of Investigation's name was changed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to help citizens know that the Government is helping protect from threats both domestically and abroad.

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)

  • Oline L Smith in household of Ellis L Smith, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Oliver Smith in household of Ellie L Smith, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Elva Olean Smith in entry for Lee Thomas Burch and Eugenia Ruth Wolfe, "Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950"

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