Bernice Smith

November 1889–
Ross, Ohio, United States

The Life of Bernice

When Bernice Smith was born in November 1889, in Ross, Ohio, United States, her father, John Henry Smith, was 28 and her mother, Effie Belle Thompson, was 27. She married Homer Evan Pennell on 16 August 1908, in Madison, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 4 daughters. She lived in Deer Creek Township, Madison, Ohio, United States for about 20 years and Somerford Township, Madison, Ohio, United States in 1940.

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Homer Evan Pennell
Bernice Smith
Marriage: 16 August 1908
Edith Pennel
Howard Pennel
Louise Pennel
Eleanor Irene Pennell
Edna Pennell

Spouse and Children

16 August 1908
Madison, Ohio, United States


    Edith Pennel


    Howard Pennel


    Louise Pennel


    Eleanor Irene Pennell


    Edna Pennell


Parents and Siblings

    John Henry Smith


    Effie Belle Thompson




    Elmer Adam Smith


    Stella Smith




    Virgil Smith


+4 More Children

World Events (8)

1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

Age 1

This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.
1890 · Woman's Suffrage

Age 1

An organization formed in favor of women's suffrages. By combining the National Woman Suffrage Association and the American Woman Suffrage Association, the NAWSA eventually increased in membership up to two million people. It is still one of the largest voluntary organizations in the nation today and held a major role in passing the Nineteenth Amendment.

Age 31

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)

  • Bernice Pennel in household of Homer Pennel, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Bernice Pennell in household of Homer Pennell, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Bernice Pennell in household of Homer Pennell, "United States Census, 1910"

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