Viola Gay Mathias

12 October 1907–13 March 2009 (Age 101)
West Virginia, United States

The Life of Viola Gay

When Viola Gay Mathias was born on 12 October 1907, in West Virginia, United States, her father, Philip Seymour Mathias, was 31 and her mother, Sadie Elizabeth Caldwell, was 32. She married Ernest Franklin Smith on 29 November 1934, in Winchester, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in Lost River, Hardy, West Virginia, United States for about 20 years and Winchester, Virginia, United States in 2009. She died on 13 March 2009, at the age of 101, and was buried in Toms Brook, Shenandoah, Virginia, United States.

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Ernest Franklin Smith
Viola Gay Mathias
Marriage: 29 November 1934
Linda Yvonne Smith

Spouse and Children

    Ernest Franklin Smith



29 November 1934
Winchester, Virginia, United States


    Linda Yvonne Smith


Parents and Siblings



    Roxie Mae Mathias




    Wendell Caldwell Mathias


World Events (8)

1908 · The Bureau of Investigation is formed

Age 1

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.
1917 · Camp Lee Training Facility

Age 10

Camp Lee was the sight of where Europeans first came face to face with the Powhatan Confederation. Than during the Civil War  the Union forces used it as a surprise attack and blocked Lee’s army from the supply base. When World War II started Fort Lee became Camp Lee and was used as a training facility.
1935 · The FBI is Established

Age 28

The Bureau of Investigation's name was changed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to help citizens know that the Government is helping protect from threats both domestically and abroad.

Name Meaning

1 French, Dutch: from the personal name Mathias ( see Matthew ).2 Spanish and Portuguese: variant spelling of Matias .3 Welsh: a late surname formation from the Biblical personal name Mathias ( see Matthew ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Viola G Mathias in household of Mary A Mathias, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Gay Mathias in household of Phillip S Mathias, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Gay Mathias in household of Philip S Mathias, "United States Census, 1920"

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