Laura Bessie Smith

6 April 1884–5 November 1964 (Age 80)
Rutherford, North Carolina, United States

The Life of Laura Bessie

When Laura Bessie Smith was born on 6 April 1884, in Rutherford, North Carolina, United States, her father, Andrew Silvanus Smith, was 42 and her mother, Lucinda Clark, was 29. She lived in Henrietta, Rutherford, North Carolina, United States in 1900 and Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States in 1924. She registered for military service in 1917. She died on 5 November 1964, in Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Rutherford, North Carolina, United States.

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Andrew Silvanus Smith
Lucinda Clark
Harry G. Smith
Milly D. Smith
Sarah K. Smith
Nancy Caroline Smith
Donnie Ella Smith
Minnie G. Smith
Laura Bessie Smith
Harry S. Smith
Edgar Willard Smith
Horace Silvanus Smith
Ezra A. Smith

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World Events (8)


Age 2

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1904 · The World's Fair of 1904

Age 20

St. Louis hosted the 1904 World's Fair and welcomed a crowd of 200,000 visitors on opening day of April 30, 1904. The fair had exhibits from 50 countries and 43 states. Several notable inventions showcased at the fair include iced tea and the ice cream cone. By the time of its closing in December 1904, over 20 million people had visited the fair.
1906 · Saving Food Labels

Age 22

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.

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)

  • Laura B Smith in household of Andrew Smith, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Miss Bessie Smith in entry for Mr Edgar W Smith, "United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011"
  • L Bessie or Laura Bessie Smith, "United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940"

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