Bessie <I>Smith</I> Arthur

Bessie Smith Arthur

Raleigh County, West Virginia, USA
Death 9 Dec 1955 (aged 71)
Abraham, Raleigh County, West Virginia, USA
Burial Abraham, Raleigh County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 21382204 · View Source
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Bessie Arthur was born in 1884 in Raleigh County, W.Va., a daughter of George Washington Smith Jr. and Emily Alice Vandall Smith.

She was one of 16 children of George Smith Jr. Mr. Smith had nine children with Emily, who died in January 1905, and seven children with second wife Emma Biars.

Bessie married Oliver James Blaine Arthur, son of Charles Franklin Arthur and Amanda Treadway Arthur, on July 4, 1905, in Raleigh County. They had nine children: George Franklin, James Ernest, Russell Blaine, Edith V., Eva V., Henry D., Nannie B., Nerma Gladys, and Jocie Helen.

Mrs. Arthur died on 09 Dec 1955 in her home at Abraham, Raleigh County, after an illness of several months.

Funeral services were held in the Arthur Chapel, Abraham, with the Rev. G. R. Hubbard officiating. Burial was in the New Salem Missionary Baptist Church cemetery, Abraham.

Note: Mrs. Arthur's death certificate says her birthdate is 30 Nov 1884 but her funeral card says 20 Nov 1884.

More about her children and parents is online at West Virginia Memories --


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  • Maintained by: E.M. Smith
  • Originally Created by: Barb
  • Added: 5 Sep 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial 21382204
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Bessie Smith Arthur (20 Nov 1884–9 Dec 1955), Find a Grave Memorial no. 21382204, citing New Salem Baptist Church Cemetery, Abraham, Raleigh County, West Virginia, USA ; Maintained by E.M. Smith (contributor 47134804) .