Maggie Elva Smith

19 October 1893–4 June 1977 (Age 83)
New Lancaster, Miami, Kansas, United States

The Life of Maggie Elva

When Maggie Elva Smith was born on 19 October 1893, in New Lancaster, Miami, Kansas, United States, her father, John Smith, was 35 and her mother, Effie Cynthia Thayer, was 19. She married Morgan Vaughn Slaughter on 27 September 1916, in Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in Miami Township, Miami, Kansas, United States in 1900 and Sugar Creek Township, Miami, Kansas, United States in 1910. She died on 4 June 1977, in Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas, United States.

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Morgan Vaughn Slaughter
Maggie Elva Smith
Marriage: 27 September 1916
Myrtle Rebecca Slaughter

Spouse and Children

27 September 1916
Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas, United States


Parents and Siblings



    Viola Maud Smith



    Alvin Thayer Smith


World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 3

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 5

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.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 23

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

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)

  • Maggie Smith in household of John Smith, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Maggie Slaughter in household of M V Slaughter, "Kansas State Census, 1925"
  • Maggie Smith in household of John Smith, "United States Census, 1900"

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