Frances Janice Vassar

14 December 1924–2 August 2014 (Age 89)
Alvarado, Johnson, Texas, United States

The Life of Frances Janice

When Frances Janice Vassar was born on 14 December 1924, in Alvarado, Johnson, Texas, United States, her father, Clarence Washington Vassar, was 24 and her mother, I Dora Harwell, was 19. She married William Jesse Smith on 31 May 1941, in Cleburne, Johnson, Texas, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She died on 2 August 2014, in Cleburne, Johnson, Texas, United States, at the age of 89, and was buried in Rosehill Cemetery, Cleburne, Johnson, Texas, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Jesse Smith
Frances Janice Vassar
Marriage: 31 May 1941
Billy Frank Smith

Spouse and Children

31 May 1941
Cleburne, Johnson, Texas, United States


    Billy Frank Smith


Parents and Siblings



    Ellen Roine Vassar



    Clarence Washington Vassar Jr


    Raymond Floyd Vassar


    John Alton Vassar


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World Events (8)


Age 3

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
1929 · The Great Depression Arrives

Age 5

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.
1948 · The Beginning of the Cold War

Age 24

The Berlin Blockade was the first major crises of the Cold War. The Soviet Union blocked all access to the sectors of Berlin under Western control and offered to drop the blockade if the newly introduced Deutsche Mark was removed from West Berlin. The Berlin Blockade showed the different ideological and economic visions for postwar Europe. Even though there wasn't any fire fight during the cold war, many of these skirmishes arose and almost caused nuclear war on multiple occasions.

Name Meaning

Altered form of French Vasseur, a status name for a vassal in feudal society, from Old French vasseor, vasseur ‘vassal’. Compare French Levasseur .

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

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Frances Janice Vassar Smith -Find a Grave Story

Birth: Dec. 14, 1924 Alvarado Johnson County Texas, USA Death: Aug. 2, 2014 Cleburne Johnson County Texas, USA Frances Janice Vassar Smith December 14, 1924 - August 2, 2014 Service for Frances Smit …

Sources (3)

  • Janice Vassar in household of Clarence Vassar, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Frances Smith in entry for Mr John A Vassar, "United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011"
  • Frances Smith in entry for Billy Frank Smith, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

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