Hester Mae Rhett

21 May 1908–14 June 1996 (Age 88)
Clarksville, Johnson, Arkansas, United States

The Life of Hester Mae

When Hester Mae Rhett was born on 21 May 1908, in Clarksville, Johnson, Arkansas, United States, her father, William David Rhett, was 35 and her mother, Rora Koen, was 34. She had at least 1 son and 1 daughter with Stephen Cordell Smith. She lived in Justice Precinct 1, Cooke, Texas, United States in 1930 and Washington Township, Love, Oklahoma, United States in 1940. She died on 14 June 1996, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 88.

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Stephen Cordell Smith
Hester Mae Rhett
Juanita Smith
James Willard Smith

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World Events (8)

1909 · The NAACP is formed

Age 1

Organized as a civil rights organization, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a bi-racial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans. It is one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the nation.
1910 · Angel Island Serves Immigrants

Age 2

Angel Island served as a western entry point for hundreds of thousands of U.S. immigrants, mainly from China, from 1910 to 1940.

Age 23

The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.

Name Meaning

Americanized form of Dutch de Raedt, from Middle Dutch raet ‘advice’. This name occurs chiefly in SC.

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

Sources (3)

  • Hester Smith in household of S C Smith, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Hester M Smith in household of Cardell Smith, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Hester Rhett in household of W D Rhett, "United States Census, 1920"

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