Ada Fay Chancellor

1919–2007 (Age 88)
Fairfield, Freestone, Texas, United States

The Life of Ada Fay

When Ada Fay Chancellor was born on 22 July 1919, in Fairfield, Freestone, Texas, United States, her father, John Chancellor, was 34 and her mother, Mary Elizabeth Fails, was 31. She married Fowler Plaster Smith on 24 November 1936, in Huntsville, Walker, Texas, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Justice Precinct 2, Walker, Texas, United States in 1930 and Justice Precinct 1, Walker, Texas, United States in 1940. She died on 13 September 2007, in Houston, Harris, Texas, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in Huntsville, Walker, Texas, United States.

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Family Time Line

Ada Fay Chancellor
Fowler Plaster Smith
Marriage: 24 November 1936
Larry Clinton Smith
Joyce Ann Smith

Spouse & Children

24 November 1936
Huntsville, Walker, Texas, United States


  • Larry Clinton Smith


  • Joyce Ann Smith


Parents & Siblings

  • Male1884–1943Male

  • Mary Elizabeth Fails




+1 More Child

World Events (8)


Age 1

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.
1929 · The Great Depression Arrives

Age 10

Like most of the country, the economy of Texas suffered greatly after the Stock Market Crash of 1929. Thousands of city workers were suddenly unemployed and relied on a variety of government relief programs; unemployed Mexican citizens were required to take one-way bus tickets to Mexico.
1942 · The Japanese American internment

Age 23

Caused by the tensions between the United States and the Empire of Japan, the internment of Japanese Americans caused many to be forced out of their homes and forcibly relocated into concentration camps in the western states. More than 110,000 Japanese Americans were forced into these camps in fear that some of them were spies for Japan.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: status name for a secretary or administrative official, from Old French chancelier, Late Latin cancellarius ‘usher (in a law court)’. The King's Chancellor was one of the highest officials in the land, but the term was also used to denote the holder of a variety of offices in the medieval world, such as the secretary or record keeper in a minor manorial household. In some cases the name undoubtedly originated as a nickname or as an occupational name for someone in the service of such an official.

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Fay Smith in household of Fowler Smith, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Ada F Chanciler in household of John Chanciler, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Ada Fay Chancellor, "Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1935"

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