William Bunn Highsmith

16 July 1879–19 August 1953 (Age 74)
Sampson, North Carolina, United States

The Life of William Bunn

When William Bunn Highsmith was born on 16 July 1879, in Sampson, North Carolina, United States, his father, James Bunyan Highsmith, was 38 and his mother, Ann Saphira Highsmith, was 31. He married Gladys Lee Sewell on 4 September 1927, in Wilmington, New Hanover, North Carolina, United States. He lived in Franklin Township, Sampson, North Carolina, United States for about 60 years. He died on 19 August 1953, in Wilmington, New Hanover, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Community Cemetery, Harrells, Sampson, North Carolina, United States.

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William Bunn Highsmith
Gladys Lee Sewell
Marriage: 4 September 1927

Spouse and Children

4 September 1927
Wilmington, New Hanover, North Carolina, United States

Parents and Siblings



    Mary Loudella Highsmith


    Mattie J Highsmith


    Irene M Highsmith



    Annie E. Highsmith


+2 More Children

World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 2

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1897 · First Bill for Women Suffrage

Age 18

In 1897, Senator J.L. Hyatt introduced the woman suffrage bill in North Carolina. The bill did not make it past the committee.
1900 · Gold for Cash!

Age 21

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.

Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a smith, with the distinguishing epithet high, probably denoting one whose forge was at a higher location than another nearby smith.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • William B Highsmith, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Willie B High* in household of James B High*, "United States Census, 1900"
  • William B Highsmith, "United States Census, 1930"

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