Bettie Underwood

16 June 1870–9 December 1955 (Age 85)
Taylor, Kentucky, United States

The Life of Bettie

When Bettie Underwood was born on 16 June 1870, in Taylor, Kentucky, United States, her father, James Franklin Underwood, was 30 and her mother, Nancy Ann Dewitt, was 28. She married James William "Bill" Smith on 9 July 1891, in Hodgenville, LaRue, Kentucky, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She lived in Magisterial District 2 Athertonville, LaRue, Kentucky, United States in 1900 and Buffalo, LaRue, Kentucky, United States for about 10 years. She died on 9 December 1955, in Bartonville, Peoria, Illinois, United States, at the age of 85.

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Family Time Line

James William "Bill" Smith
Bettie Underwood
Marriage: 9 July 1891
Ola Smith
Hattie Uvena Smith
Hugh Lawrence Smith

Spouse and Children

9 July 1891
Hodgenville, LaRue, Kentucky, United States


    Ola Smith


    Hattie Uvena Smith


    Hugh Lawrence Smith


Parents and Siblings



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World Events (8)


Age 1

In 1871, a cow kicked over a lantern, causing a fire that burned down half of Chicago. Today this city is the third largest in the US.
1892 · The Radio is invented

Age 22

Kentucky native Nathan Stubblefield invented the radio in 1892
1893 · The World's Columbian Exposition

Age 23

Also known as the Chicago World's Fair, The Exposition was held to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the New World. The centerpiece of the Fair was a large water pool that represented Columbus's voyage across the Atlantic to the Americas. The Fair had a profound effect on new architecture designs, sanitation advancement, and the arts. The Fairgrounds were given the nickname the White City due to its lavish paint and materials used to constuct it. Over 27 million people attended the fair during its six-month of operation. Among many of the invetions exhibited there was the first Ferris wheel built to rival the Eiffel Tower in France.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: topographic name for someone who lived near or in a wood, from Middle English under + wude, wode ‘wood’, or a habitational name from any of various places so named, for example in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, and the former county of Ayrshire (from Old English under + wudu).

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

Story Highlight

Betty Underwood Smith

My grandmother, Betty UNDERWOOD Smith was a daughter of Nancy Ann DEWITT Underwood . Nancy Ann DEWITT Underwood 1844-1878, was a daughter of John D. DEWITT. John D. DEWITT was born abt 1799 in Bedf …

Sources (3)

  • Bettie Smith in household of Bill Smith, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Bettie Underwood in household of James Underwood, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Bettie Smith in household of William Smith, "United States Census, 1900"

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