Joseph Pierce Smith Jr.

Brief Life History of Joseph Pierce

When Joseph Pierce Smith Jr. was born on 18 November 1907, in Helena, Lewis and Clark, Montana, United States, his father, Joseph Pierce Smith Sr., was 47 and his mother, Isadora Florence Zollman, was 35. He married Flo Elizabeth Valbert on 27 April 1927, in Tacoma, Pierce, Washington, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He lived in Pierce, Washington, United States in 1920. He died on 18 November 1986, in Tacoma, Pierce, Washington, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Tacoma, Pierce, Washington, United States.

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Joseph Pierce Smith Jr.
Flo Elizabeth Valbert
Marriage: 27 April 1927
Joseph Wesley Smith
Norman Eugene Smith

Sources (12)

  • Joseph P Smith, Jr in household of Joseph P Smith, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Joseph Pierce, "Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840-2004"
  • Joseph P Smith, "Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008"

World Events (8)

1908 · The Bureau of Investigation is formed

Known as the National Bureau of Criminal Identification, The Bureau of Investigation helped agencies across the country identify different criminals. President Roosevelt instructed that there be an autonomous investigative service that would report only to the Attorney General.

1910 · Women Gain the Right to Vote in Washington

On November 8, 1910, Washington became the first state to allow women to vote. This event would lead to the long battle by women in all the states to fight for the right to vote. This would happen 10 years later.


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 and Scottish: occupational name denoting a worker in metal, especially iron, such as a blacksmith or farrier, from Middle English smith ‘smith’ (Old English smith, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Early examples are also found in the Latin form Faber . Metal-working was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents in other languages were 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 also the most frequent of all surnames in the US. It is very common among African Americans and Native Americans (see also 5 below). This surname (in any of the two possible English senses; see also below) is also found in Haiti. See also Smither .

English: from Middle English smithe ‘smithy, forge’ (Old English smiththe). The surname may be topographic, for someone who lived in or by a blacksmith's shop, occupational, for someone who worked in one, or habitational, from a place so named, such as Smitha in King's Nympton (Devon). Compare Smithey .

Irish and Scottish: sometimes adopted for Gaelic Mac Gobhann, Irish Mac Gabhann ‘son of the smith’. See McGowan .

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

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