James Bernard Smith

11 September 1884–7 October 1970 (Age 86)
Texas, United States

The Life of James Bernard

When James Bernard Smith was born on 11 September 1884, in Texas, United States, his father, James Bernard Smith, was 36 and his mother, Anna Jane Riley, was 26. He married Alice Alene Brown on 14 November 1905, in Waterloo, Republic of Texas. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Harris, Texas, United States in 1935 and Justice Precinct 8, Harris, Texas, United States in 1940. He died on 7 October 1970, in Pasadena, Harris, Texas, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Pearland, Brazoria, Texas, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Bernard Smith
Alice Alene Brown
Marriage: 14 November 1905
James Wilburn Smith
Pearl Lucretia Smith
Leona Alice Smith
Nora Smith
Barney James Smith
Idell Doris Smith
Roy Smith

Spouse and Children

14 November 1905
Waterloo, Republic of Texas


    James Wilburn Smith




    Nora Smith


    Barney James Smith


+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    James Bernard Smith


    Anna Jane Riley




+3 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 2

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1894 · Texas Files Lawsuit Against Standard Oil Company

Age 10

Under the direction of Governor Jim Hogg, Texas filed a lawsuit against John D. Rockefeller for violating state monopoly laws. Hogg argued that Standard Oil Company and Water-Piece Oil Company of Missouri were engaged in illegal practices like price fixing, rebates, and consolidation. Rockefeller was indicted, but never tried in a court of law; other employees of his company were convicted as guilty.
1907 · Not for profit elections

Age 23

The first act prohibiting monetary contributions to political campaigns by major corporations.

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)

  • Barney Smith, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Barney Smith, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Barney Smith, "United States Census, 1920"

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