Freda was born on 4 February 1874 in Sukow, Mecklenburg-Schwerin. She was christened there on 13 February as "Frieda Marie Johanne" Bastian. She was the daughter of Heinrich J. Bastian and his wife, Friederike Becker. She married James Daniel(J.D.)Smith and resided in DeRidder, Beauregard Parish, Louisiana.