Jennie Belle Smith

30 December 1895–15 August 1949 (Age 53)
Indianola, Warren, Iowa, United States

The Life of Jennie Belle

When Jennie Belle Smith was born on 30 December 1895, in Indianola, Warren, Iowa, United States, her father, Marshall John Warren Smith, was 23 and her mother, Cynthia A. Surber, was 24. She married James Franklin Hoover on 15 January 1914, in Indianola, Warren, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. She lived in Greenfield Township, Warren, Iowa, United States for about 30 years and Lincoln Township, Warren, Iowa, United States in 1940. She died on 15 August 1949, at the age of 53, and was buried in North River Cemetery, Summerset Junction, Warren, Iowa, United States.

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James Franklin Hoover
Jennie Belle Smith
Marriage: 15 January 1914
Ival Franklin Hoover
Gayle Dean Hoover

Spouse and Children

15 January 1914
Indianola, Warren, Iowa, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Marshall John Warren Smith





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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 1

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.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 3

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1910 · The BSA is Made

Age 15

Being modeled after the Boy Scout Association in England, The Boy Scouts of America is a program for young teens to learn traits, life and social skills, and many other things to remind the public about the general act of service and kindness to others.

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)

  • Bell Smith in household of Marshal Smith, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Belle J Smith in household of Marshal Smith, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Jennie B Smith in household of Marshall Smith, "United States Census, 1910"

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