Lila Smith

26 February 1890–12 December 1980 (Age 90)
Texas, United States

The Life Summary of Lila

When Lila Smith was born on 26 February 1890, in Texas, United States, her father, Christian C Smith, was 29 and her mother, Addie R Smith, was 28. She married Virgil Thomas Harper about 1919, in Matagorda, Texas, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in Justice Precinct 8, Matagorda, Texas, United States for about 10 years. She died on 12 December 1980, in Matagorda Land District, Texas, United States, at the age of 90, and was buried in Bay City, Matagorda, Texas, United States.

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Family Time Line

Virgil Thomas Harper
1877–1961
Lila Smith
1890–1980
Marriage: about 1919
Louella J Harper
1922–

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    about 1919Matagorda, Texas, United States
  • Children

    (1)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings

    (7)

    +2 More Children

    World Events (8)

    1894
    Age 4
    Historical Boundaries: 1894: Matagorda, Texas, United States
    1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson
    Age 6
    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.
    1914 · Steamboat Service Established with New York
    Age 24
    Satilla was the first Deepwater Steamship to arrive at the port of Houston. This accomplishment successfully established a steamboat service between Houston and New York City.

    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.

    Possible Related Names

    Smithe
    Smither
    Smithey
    Smyth
    Smythe
    McGowan
    Smead
    Faber

    Sources (13)

    • Lila Harper in entry for Lonella Harper, "Texas, Matagorda County, School Census Records, 1923-1946"
    • Lila Smith in entry for Unknown, "Texas Deaths, 1890-1976"
    • Lila Harper in entry for Louella Harper, "Texas, Matagorda County, School Census Records, 1923-1946"

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