Belle Anna Smith

28 June 1885–18 November 1943 (Age 58)
Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas, United States

The Life of Belle Anna

When Belle Anna Smith was born on 28 June 1885, in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas, United States, her father, Oliver Milton Smith, was 26 and her mother, Martha Ann Feakes, was 24. She married Herbert Germaine Knox about 1912, in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Raton, Colfax, New Mexico, United States in 1920 and Soldier Township, Shawnee, Kansas, United States in 1930. She died on 18 November 1943, at the age of 58.

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Herbert Germaine Knox
Belle Anna Smith
Marriage: about 1912
Paul Raymond Knox
Harold Germaine Knox
Virginia Knox
, Knox
Fern Knox
Ethel M. Knox

Spouse and Children

about 1912
Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas, United States




    Virginia Knox


    , Knox


    Fern Knox


+1 More Child

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World Events (8)


Age 1

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1886 · Giving Working Men a Union

Age 1

The largest union group in the United States during the first half of the 20th century. It still exists today but merged with The Congress of Industrial Organization.
1901 · Assassination of Mckinley

Age 16

President William McKinley was shot at the Temple of Music, in the Pan-American Exposition, while shaking hands with the public. Leon Czolgosz shot him twice in the abdomen because he thought it was his duty to do so. McKinley died after eight days of watch and care. He was the third American president to be assassinated. After his death, Congress passed legislation to officially make the Secret Service and gave them responsibility for protecting the President at all times.

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)

  • Belle Knox in household of H G Knox, "Kansas State Census, 1925"
  • Belle Smith in household of Martha Smith, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Bell A Knox in household of Herbert G Knox, "United States Census, 1930"

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