Mary Catherine Smith

26 November 1897–23 November 1985 (Age 87)
Purmela, Coryell, Texas, United States

The Life of Mary Catherine

When Mary Catherine Smith was born on 26 November 1897, in Purmela, Coryell, Texas, United States, her father, Walter Alexander Smith, was 30 and her mother, Cynthia Eva Risinger, was 23. She married Leslie Van Burton on 22 December 1918, in Purmela, Coryell, Texas, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Justice Precinct 7, Stephens, Texas, United States in 1930 and Justice Precinct 7, McLennan, Texas, United States in 1940. She died on 23 November 1985, in Coryell, Texas, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Coryell, Coryell, Texas, United States.

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Family Time Line

Leslie Van Burton
Mary Catherine Smith
Marriage: 22 December 1918
Lillian Burton
Vannie Katherine Van Burton
Nathaniel Welton Burton
Billy Clark Burton

Spouse and Children

22 December 1918
Purmela, Coryell, Texas, United States


    Lillian Burton



    Nathaniel Welton Burton


    Billy Clark Burton


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World Events (8)

1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 1

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.
1901 · Spindletop Oilfield Discovered

Age 4

"Spindletop, located south of Beaumont, becomes the first major oil well to be discovered in Texas. Other fields were discovered in shortly after, which ultimately led to the highly impactful ""oil boom""."

Age 23

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.

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 ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Mary K Burton in household of Leslie V Burton, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Mary Burton in household of Leslie Burton, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Mary Burton in household of Leslie Burton, "United States Census, 1930"

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