Bessie F Smith

FemaleJanuary 1891–

Brief Life History of Bessie F

When Bessie F Smith was born in January 1891, in Georgia, United States, her father, Ira Albert Smith, was 29 and her mother, Elizabeth Patterson, was 28. She lived in District 1332, Fulton, Georgia, United States in 1900 and College Park, Fulton, Georgia, United States in 1910.

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Family Time Line

Ira Albert Smith
1861–1909
Elizabeth Patterson
1862–1939
Tommie Alberta Smith
1890–1947
Bessie F Smith
1891–
Luther R Smith
1892–1940
Ira Albert Smith
1894–1966
Helen F Smith
1897–
Ambrose Peniston Smith
1898–
Grace Smith
1899–
Penneston Smith
1905–

Sources (2)

  • Bessie F Smith in household of Ira A Smith, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Bessie Smith in household of Elizabeth Smith, "United States Census, 1910"

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World Events (8)

1893 · The Last Public Hanging in Georgia

Age 2

The last public hanging in Georgia was on September 28, 1893. The General Assembly prohibited public executions in December 1893. Prior to this law, Georgians commonly traveled to witness scheduled public executions.

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 5

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

1922 · Women Granted the Right to Vote

Age 31

The 19th Amendment, which allowed women the right to vote, was passed and became federal law on August 26, 1920. Georgia law prevented women from voting until 1922. The amendment wasn’t officially ratified until 1970.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: occupational name denoting a worker in metal, especially iron, such as a blacksmith or farrier, from Middle English smith ‘smith’ (Old English smith, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Early examples are also found in the Latin form Faber . Metal-working was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents in other languages were 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 also the most frequent of all surnames in the US. It is very common among African Americans and Native Americans (see also 5 below). This surname (in any of the two possible English senses; see also below) is also found in Haiti. See also Smither .

English: from Middle English smithe ‘smithy, forge’ (Old English smiththe). The surname may be topographic, for someone who lived in or by a blacksmith's shop, occupational, for someone who worked in one, or habitational, from a place so named, such as Smitha in King's Nympton (Devon). Compare Smithey .

Irish and Scottish: sometimes adopted for Gaelic Mac Gobhann, Irish Mac Gabhann ‘son of the smith’. See McGowan .

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

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