Ruby Ellen Smith

29 April 1907–18 December 1953 (Age 46)
Mansfield, Sebastian, Arkansas, United States

The Life of Ruby Ellen

When Ruby Ellen Smith was born on 29 April 1907, in Mansfield, Sebastian, Arkansas, United States, her father, Charles Smith, was 32 and her mother, Alice Betholomey, was 32. She married William Othur Cornelius on 6 March 1926, in Hughes, Oklahoma, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Holdenville, Hughes, Oklahoma, United States in 1935 and Commissioner's Precinct 4, Castro, Texas, United States in 1940. She died on 18 December 1953, in Littlefield, Lamb, Texas, United States, at the age of 46, and was buried in Castro Memorial Gardens, Dimmitt, Castro, Texas, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Othur Cornelius
Ruby Ellen Smith
Marriage: 6 March 1926
Helen Marie Cornelius
Hermann Kenneth Cornelius
Willene Ruby Cornelius
Robert Harold Cornelius
Jon Kent Cornelius
Lonnie Ray Cornelius
Samuel Truman Cornelius
Billie Gene Cornelius

Spouse and Children

6 March 1926
Hughes, Oklahoma, United States


+3 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Charles Smith


    Alice Betholomey




    Hue Smith



    Cifford Smith


    Lester Smith


World Events (8)

1908 · The Bureau of Investigation is formed

Age 1

Known as the National Bureau of Criminal Identification, The Bureau of Investigation helped agencies across the country identify different criminals. President Roosevelt instructed that there be an autonomous investigative service that would report only to the Attorney General.
1910 · State Capital Moves to Oklahoma City

Age 3

The state capital of Oklahoma moved from Guthrie to Oklahoma City on June 10, 1910. 

Age 13

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 ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Rubby Smith in household of Charles Smith, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Ruby E Cornelius in household of William O Cornelius, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Ruby Ellen Cornelius, "Texas Deaths, 1890-1976"

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