Bessie Smith

18 December 1888–18 June 1971 (Age 82)
Milford,New Haven,Conneticut

The Life of Bessie

When Bessie Smith was born on 18 December 1888, her father, David Edward Smith, was 40 and her mother, Emma Frances Studley, was 34. She died on 18 June 1971, at the age of 82.

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Family Time Line

David Edward Smith
1848–1925
Emma Frances Studley
1853–1910
Jesse Smith
1872–1892
Helen Or Ellen Smith
1874–
Richard Austin Smith
1876–1963
Harriett Pauline Smith
1881–1971
Josephine Smith
1886–
Bessie Smith
1888–1971
David Edward Smith
1891–1931

Parents and Siblings

    David Edward Smith

    Male1848–1925Male

    Emma Frances Studley

    Female1853–1910Female

siblings

(7)

    Jesse Smith

    Female1872–1892Female

    Helen Or Ellen Smith

    Female1874–Female

    Male1876–1963Male

    Female1881–1971Female

    Josephine Smith

    Female1886–Female

+2 More Children

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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