Francis Dana Smith

24 July 1895–30 August 1970 (Age 75)
Owls Head, Knox, Maine, United States

The Life of Francis Dana

When Francis Dana Smith was born on 24 July 1895, in Owls Head, Knox, Maine, United States, his father, William Wyman Smith, was 21 and his mother, Emogene Maddocks, was 25. He married Elizabeth Averill Willet on 25 July 1916, in Brattleboro, Windham, Vermont, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States in 1930 and Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United States in 1940. He died on 30 August 1970, in Attleboro, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Attleboro, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States.

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Francis Dana Smith
Elizabeth Averill Willet
Marriage: 25 July 1916
Kenneth Wyman Smith
Elizabeth or Betty Frances Smith
Dorothy Marie Smith

Spouse and Children

25 July 1916
Brattleboro, Windham, Vermont, United States


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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 1

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1898 · Sinking of USS Maine

Age 3

During the Cuban War for Independence, the USS Maine had been sent to Havana to look out for the interests of the United States. On February 15, 1898, at approximately 21:40, an explosion on USS Maine was caused by roughly 5 long tons of powder. The front of the ship was demolished and the remains quickly sunk to the bottom of the ocean. 260 men lost their lives in the explosion itself, with at least six more dying afterwards from related injuries. The event kicked off an atmosphere of contention that would eventually lead to the Spanish-American War.
1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Age 21

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

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)

  • Frank D Smith, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Franz D Smith, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Franz D Smith, "United States Census, 1930"

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