Martha Frances Smith

12 September 1904–7 November 1986 (Age 82)
Frankton, Pipe Creek Township, Madison, Indiana, United States

The Life of Martha Frances

When Martha Frances Smith was born on 12 September 1904, in Frankton, Pipe Creek Township, Madison, Indiana, United States, her father, William A Smith, was 39 and her mother, Charlotte Berry, was 40. She lived in Lafayette Township, Madison, Indiana, United States in 1920 and Monroe Township, Madison, Indiana, United States in 1940. She died on 7 November 1986, in Anderson, Madison, Indiana, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Frankton, Pipe Creek Township, Madison, Indiana, United States.

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Homer Fields
Martha Frances Smith

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    Charlotte Berry




World Events (8)

1906 · Saving Food Labels

Age 2

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.
1906 · Gary, Indiana, Is Founded

Age 2

The town of Gary, Indiana, was founded by the United States Steel Corporation in 1906. The Gary Works steel mill was the largest integrated mill in North America. The city of Gary was named after Elbert Henry Gary who was the founding chairman of the United States Steel Corporation and American lawyer and county judge. Gary partnered with J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, and Charles M. Schwab to found the United States Steel Corporation.

Age 23

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.

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)

  • Martha F Smith in household of William A Smith, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Martha S Fields in household of William A Smith, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Martha Fields in household of Homer Fields, "United States Census, 1930"

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