Willard Elizabeth Smith

14 April 1911–1 July 1974 (Age 63)
Union, North Carolina, United States

The Life of Willard Elizabeth

When Willard Elizabeth Smith was born on 14 April 1911, in Union, North Carolina, United States, her father, John Wilson Smith, was 28 and her mother, Bessie Lee Outen, was 20. She married Marion Herbert Wells in North Carolina, United States. She died on 1 July 1974, in Wilmington, New Hanover, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 63, and was buried in Rockfish Township, Duplin, North Carolina, United States.

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Marion Herbert Wells
Willard Elizabeth Smith

Spouse and Children

North Carolina, United States

Parents and Siblings


    Bessie Lee Outen






    Graham Allen Smith Sr.


    Steven Little Smith


    Marvin Rainie Smith


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World Events (8)

1912 · The Girl Scouts

Age 1

Like the Boy Scouts of America, The Girl Scouts is a youth organization for girls in the United States. Its purpose is to prepare girls to empower themselves and by acquiring practical skills.
1918 · Fort Bragg Established

Age 7

Named after Confederate General Braxton Bragg, Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina was established on September 4, 1918. It was used as one of three training camps used during WWI.

Age 18

13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.

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)

  • Willard Wells in household of Marion Wells, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Willie E Smith in household of John W Smith, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Willard E Smith Wells, "Find A Grave Index"

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