Clara Aliza Knickerbocker

Brief Life History of Clara Aliza

When Clara Aliza Knickerbocker was born in September 1881, in Pennsylvania, United States, her father, Lorenzo Knickerbocker, was 28 and her mother, Fanny Catherine Wood, was 22. She had at least 2 sons and 3 daughters with Emory Laverne Smith. She lived in Union Township, Erie, Pennsylvania, United States in 1930 and Union City, Erie, Pennsylvania, United States in 1940. She died in 1969, in Evergreen Cemetery, Union City, Erie, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in Union City, Erie, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Emory Laverne Smith
Clara Aliza Knickerbocker
Charles Reginald Smith
Autumn Lucille Smith
Robert Knickerbocker Smith
Nelda Gertrude Smith
Nelda Gertrude Smith

Sources (8)

  • Clara Smith, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Clara Knickerbocker, "Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950"
  • Clara A Knickerbocker Smith, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)

1882 · The Chinese Exclusion Act

A federal law prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The Act was the first law to prevent all members of a national group from immigrating to the United States.


Statue of Liberty is dedicated.


St. Louis, Missouri, United States hosts Summer Olympic Games.

Name Meaning

Americanized form of the Dutch occupational name Knickerbacker ‘marble baker’, i.e., a baker of children's clay marbles. This lowly occupation became synonymous with the patrician class in NYC through Washington Irving's attribution of his History of New York (1809) to a fictitious author named Diedrich Knickerbocker. By the late 1850s the term had also come to denote a type of loose breeches gathered below the knee, evidently because of the resemblance of the garment to the breeches of the Dutchmen in Cruikshank's illustrations to Irving's book.

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

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