Caleb Benjamin Smith

19 May 1885–11 July 1971 (Age 86)
Junction, Kimble, Texas, United States

The Life of Caleb Benjamin

When Caleb Benjamin Smith was born on 19 May 1885, in Junction, Kimble, Texas, United States, his father, Joseph Benjamin Smith, was 29 and his mother, Sarah Ellen Cox, was 31. He married Nancy Lilla Neal on 18 November 1906, in Atoka, Atoka, Oklahoma, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Caney, Atoka, Oklahoma, United States for about 10 years and Wray Township, Jefferson, Oklahoma, United States in 1930. He died on 11 July 1971, in Ringgold, Montague, Texas, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Ringgold, Montague, Texas, United States.

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Family Time Line

Caleb Benjamin Smith
Nancy Lilla Neal
Marriage: 18 November 1906
Walter Raymond Smith
Norma Jessie Smith
Joseph Willard Smith
Nina Mae Smith
Lonnie W Smith
Sanford Frederick Smith

Spouse and Children

18 November 1906
Atoka, Atoka, Oklahoma, United States


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings

    Joseph Benjamin Smith


    Sarah Ellen Cox




    Charles Henry Smith


    Ada D. Smith


    Mary W. Smith




+6 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 1

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1894 · Texas Files Lawsuit Against Standard Oil Company

Age 9

Under the direction of Governor Jim Hogg, Texas filed a lawsuit against John D. Rockefeller for violating state monopoly laws. Hogg argued that Standard Oil Company and Water-Piece Oil Company of Missouri were engaged in illegal practices like price fixing, rebates, and consolidation. Rockefeller was indicted, but never tried in a court of law; other employees of his company were convicted as guilty.
1908 · The Bureau of Investigation is formed

Age 23

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.

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.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Caleb B Smith in household of J B Smith, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Caylup Smith, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Caleph Smith, "United States Census, 1920"

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