Joseph William Smail

12 May 1906–18 August 1996 (Age 90)
Fayette, Illinois, United States

The Life of Joseph William

When Joseph William Smail was born on 12 May 1906, in Fayette, Illinois, United States, his father, John Franklin Smail, was 26 and his mother, Alice Emaline Gelsinger, was 23. He married Violet Fern Rebecca Helm on 24 December 1928, in Jefferson, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Otego Township, Fayette, Illinois, United States in 1910. He died on 18 August 1996, in Fayette, Illinois, United States, at the age of 90, and was buried in German Reformed Cemetery, Wheatland Township, Fayette, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

Joseph William Smail
Violet Fern Rebecca Helm
Marriage: 24 December 1928
Shirley M Smail

Spouse and Children


    Violet Fern Rebecca Helm


24 December 1928
Jefferson, Illinois, United States


    Shirley M Smail


Parents and Siblings



+7 More Children

World Events (8)

1907 · Not for profit elections

Age 1

The first act prohibiting monetary contributions to political campaigns by major corporations.
1910 · Boy Scouts of America

Age 4

When W. D. Boyce was visiting London, he encountered a boy that helped him find his destination. The boy refused the tip that Boyce offered to him and told him that he was just doing his daily good turn. Being inspired, Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America to help teach young men how to have an attitude of service always. Since its foundation, The Boy Scouts of America has become one of the largest Scouting organizations in the United States. Around 110 million people have been participants at some time in their life. The BSA was established to help young people make better choices in life and showing selflessness by serving the community.

Age 25

The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.

Name Meaning

1 Scottish and northern English: variant of Small .2 English: habitational name from a lost place in eastern Sussex named Smeghel, from Old English smēagel ‘burrow’, or from Brooksmarle (now Broxmead) in Sussex (named with Old English brocc ‘badger’ + smēagel).

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

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Sources (2)

  • William Smail na família de Frank Smail, “United States Census, 1910”
  • Bill, "Find A Grave Index"

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