Elizabeth “Lizzie” Wadley Smith


Lizzie Smith was born in Nauvoo, Illinois, to John Sivel Smith and Jane Wadley Smith. As a single woman, she lived her life in the house of her parents and functioned as hostess for her father, a prominent man in the community and church. John S. Smith was a stockholder in both Barnes Bank and the Kaysville Co-op. At the death of her father, she continued to manage the farm and entertain as she was able. A victim of the Spanish Flu Pandemic, she died January of 1919 due to pneumonia complications. She is buried in Kaysville Cemetery. “Miss Lizzie Smith” who newspapers of the day named in many positions in both religious and civic capacities. She was the Kaysville Woman’s Suffrage Association president, Davis County W. S. A Convention vice president, and territorial W.S.A. Convention delegate. An 1892 article in the Woman’s Exponent titled “A Delightful Reception” detailed her attendance at a party in honor of the territorial delegates. She was among 50 women who were served delicious refreshments in a “Spacious dining hall … profusely decorated with beautiful autumn colors, the suffrage yellow predominating.” She was listed as on the committees for the Grand Leap Year Ball and the Leap Year Ball of 1892. A close look at her portrait shows a woman who dared to cut her hair short in a time when a woman’s locks were praised her glory – perhaps a statement of independence not surprising for a committed suffragist.