Rebecca Jane Summers

12 April 1878–18 February 1953 (Age 74)
Colbert, Alabama, United States

The Life of Rebecca Jane

When Rebecca Jane Summers was born on 12 April 1878, in Colbert, Alabama, United States, her father, William Carroll Summers, was 38 and her mother, Susan V Fore, was 38. She married Nathan Clifton Smith on 23 January 1895, in Littleville, Colbert, Alabama, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Election Precinct 12 Stouts, Franklin, Alabama, United States for about 10 years and Election Precinct 17 Muscle Shoals, Colbert, Alabama, United States in 1930. She died on 18 February 1953, in Muscle Shoals, Colbert, Alabama, United States, at the age of 74.

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Family Time Line

Nathan Clifton Smith
Rebecca Jane Summers
Marriage: 23 January 1895
Lydia Pearl Smith
Sallie Smith
William Summers Smith
Eddie Smith
Ulysses Edward Smith
Geneva Sue Smith
Lena Jane Smith
John Grady Smith
Gladys Lorene Smith
Lois C. Smith

Spouse and Children

23 January 1895
Littleville, Colbert, Alabama, United States



    Sallie Smith


    William Summers Smith


    Eddie Smith


    Ulysses Edward Smith


+5 More Children

Parents and Siblings



    John Marion Summers



    Elizabeth Summers


    Sallie Summers



World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 3

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.
1895 · Alabama State Flag is Adopted

Age 17

Alabama adopted its state flag on February 16, 1895. Act 383 of the Alabama state legislature states, “The flag of the State of Alabama shall be a crimson cross of St. Andrew on a field of white.”
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 20

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

Name Meaning

1 English: patronymic from Summer 1.2 Irish (Sligo): adopted as an English equivalent of Gaelic Ó Somacháin ‘descendant of Somachán’, a nickname meaning ‘gentle’, ‘innocent’.3 Americanized form of some likesounding Ashkenazic Jewish name.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Rebecca J Smith in household of Nelson C Smith, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Janie Smith in household of Clifton Smith, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Janie Smith in household of Clifton Smith, "United States Census, 1910"

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