I have a great uncle, born 22 Sept 1883 named William Edward Smith, who was present in his father's house in the 1900 census. His father was Lee Vance Smith and his mother was Mary Jane Sapp. They lived in Forsyth County, NC.
I can find no record of him after 1900. My uncle who was born in 1915 does not remember any mention of him, but his younger brother was named for him in December, 1916. My father, born in 1926, does not remember any mention of him while growing up though other extended family members were mentioned and often present.
I have checked the North Carolina Death Certificates for North Carolina(beginning in 1909) and have not found him. One guess is that he may have died...somewhere...and therefore my uncle was named for him in December, 1916.
If anyone can provide any information, please let me know. I have spent many hours searching on the web and have yet to find, even a clue...suggestions are appreciated.