Lela Smith

1883–30 January 1964 (Age 81)
Texas, United States

The Life of Lela

Lela Smith was born in 1883, in Texas, United States. She married James Sidney Bankhead on 6 August 1900, in Titus, Texas, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Justice Precinct 3, Franklin, Texas, United States in 1920 and Justice Precinct 6, Hunt, Texas, United States in 1940. She died on 30 January 1964, in Commerce, Hunt, Texas, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Franklin, Texas, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Sidney Bankhead
Lela Smith
Marriage: 6 August 1900
Charlie Bankhead
Ennis Smith Bankhead
Eula Mae Bankhead
Morris Bankhead
Eunice Bankhead
John Thomas Bankhead
Mary Virginia Bankhead

Spouse and Children

6 August 1900
Titus, Texas, United States


    Charlie Bankhead


    Ennis Smith Bankhead






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World Events (8)


Age 3

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1894 · Texas Files Lawsuit Against Standard Oil Company

Age 11

Under the direction of Governor Jim Hogg, Texas filed a lawsuit against John D. Rockefeller for violating state monopoly laws. Hogg argued that Standard Oil Company and Water-Piece Oil Company of Missouri were engaged in illegal practices like price fixing, rebates, and consolidation. Rockefeller was indicted, but never tried in a court of law; other employees of his company were convicted as guilty.
1905 · Construction of the Praetorian Building

Age 22

Texas completed the construction of the Praetorian Building (Stone Plane Tower) in 1909. It was the first skyscraper in Texas and the Southwestern United States. The building had 15 stories and was 190 ft tall.

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)

  • Leila Bankhead in household of J S Bankhead, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Lala Bankhead in household of James S Bankhead, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Lela Bankhead in household of James Bankhead, "United States Census, 1940"

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