Kate Smith

27 November 1885–6 June 1964 (Age 78)
Sunderland, Durham, England, United Kingdom

The Life of Kate

When Kate Smith was born on 27 November 1885, in Sunderland, Durham, England, United Kingdom, her father, William Smith, was 37 and her mother, Louisa Denton, was 25. She married Thomas Stout Wilson on 7 March 1906, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She lived in Stockton upon Tees, Durham, England, United Kingdom for about 10 years. She died on 6 June 1964, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, at the age of 78.

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Family Time Line

Joseph Bartlett Reed
Kate Smith
Marriage: 2 January 1917
Margaret Louise Reed

Spouse and Children

    Joseph Bartlett Reed



2 January 1917


Parents and Siblings

    William Smith


    Louisa Denton




    William Denton Smith


    Robert H Smith


    Ralph Smith



    Richard T Smith


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World Events (7)

1904 · The Entente Cordiale

Age 19

The Entente Cordiale was signed between Britain and France on April 8, 1904, to reconcile imperial interests and pave the way for future diplomatic cooperation. This ended hundreds of years of conflict between the two states.

Age 23

London, United Kingdom hosts Summer Olympic Games.
1914 · Britain Enters the Great War

Age 29

After Germany declared war Russia, Britain entered The Great War and declared war on Germany on August 4, 1914. The war ended on November 11, 1918, as Germany signed an armistice that brought fighting to a halt.

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)

  • Kate Smith in household of William Smith, "England and Wales Census, 1891"
  • Kate Smith, "British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938"
  • Kate Smith in entry for Robert William Wilson and Lillian Eva Cherrier, "British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938"

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