Katherine "Katie" Smith

Brief Life History of Katherine "Katie"

When Katherine "Katie" Smith was born on 25 July 1862, in Monroe, Indiana, United States, her father, Jesse J. Smith, was 50 and her mother, Mary Elizabeth Deckard, was 24. She married John W. Hayes on 31 December 1891, in Monroe, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Indian Creek Township, Monroe, Indiana, United States in 1920 and Bloomington Township, Monroe, Indiana, United States for about 10 years. She died on 5 May 1944, in Bloomington, Perry Township, Monroe, Indiana, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Bloomington Township, Monroe, Indiana, United States.

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Family Time Line

John W. Hayes
Katherine "Katie" Smith
Marriage: 31 December 1891
Carl Jackson Hayes
Anna Hays
Golda Hays
Carrie Katherine Hays
Frank Hayes
Millard Roland Hayes

Sources (15)

  • Catharine Smith in household of Jesse Smith, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Katie Smith Hays, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Kaitie Smith in entry for Harley Boruff, "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2019"

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The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.


Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: occupational name denoting a worker in metal, especially iron, such as a blacksmith or farrier, from Middle English smith ‘smith’ (Old English smith, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Early examples are also found in the Latin form Faber . Metal-working was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents in other languages were 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 also the most frequent of all surnames in the US. It is very common among African Americans and Native Americans (see also 5 below). This surname (in any of the two possible English senses; see also below) is also found in Haiti. See also Smither .

English: from Middle English smithe ‘smithy, forge’ (Old English smiththe). The surname may be topographic, for someone who lived in or by a blacksmith's shop, occupational, for someone who worked in one, or habitational, from a place so named, such as Smitha in King's Nympton (Devon). Compare Smithey .

Irish and Scottish: sometimes adopted for Gaelic Mac Gobhann, Irish Mac Gabhann ‘son of the smith’. See McGowan .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Katherine "Katie" Smith Hays (25 July 1862 – 5 May 1944)

Katie was the wife of John Hays. (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/29561799/katie-hays)

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