Veneta May Smith

1894–1983 (Age 89)
Windsor, Hants, Nova Scotia, Canada

The Life of Veneta May

When Veneta May Smith was born on 9 June 1894, in Windsor, Hants, Nova Scotia, Canada, her father, Captain James Albert Smith, was 40 and her mother, Annie May Duncanson, was 24. She married Cecil Churchill on 28 April 1915, in Falmouth, West Hants, Hants, Nova Scotia, Canada. She died on 7 December 1983, in her hometown, at the age of 89.

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Veneta May Smith
Cecil Churchill
Marriage: 28 April 1915

Spouse & Children

28 April 1915
Falmouth, West Hants, Hants, Nova Scotia, Canada

Parents & Siblings

  • Captain James Albert Smith


  • Female1870–1957Female



World Events (6)

1909 · First Canadian Flight

Age 15

The Silver Dart was the first recorded flight in Canada. It took off from Baddeck, Nova Scotia, on February 23, 1909, and was piloted by John Alexander Douglas McCurdy.
1921 · Racing Schooner Launched

Age 27

The Bluenose racing schooner was launched on March 26, 1921, in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. It was evident that the ship was nothing like other ships that had been launched.
1945 · HMCS Esquimalt Torpedoed

Age 51

On April 16, 1945, the HMCS Esquimalt was torpedoed by German U-Boats. Thirty-nine men died, some due to the attack others to exposure to cold. Those that survived were rescued by the Sarnia.

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 ).

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Venita Smith in household of James A Smith, "Canada Census, 1901"
  • Vineta May Smith in entry for Cecil Churchill, "Nova Scotia Marriages, 1864-1918"
  • Vineta Smith in household of James Smith, "Canada Census, 1911"

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