Katherine "Katie" Smith

25 July 1862–5 May 1944 (Age 81)
Monroe, Indiana, United States

The Life 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, Elizabeth Deckard, was 22. 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 Richland Township, Monroe, Indiana, United States in 1910 and Indian Creek Township, Monroe, Indiana, United States in 1920. She died on 5 May 1944, in Bloomington, 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 J Hayes
Anna Hays
Golda Hays
Carrie Katherine Hays
Frank Hayes
Millard Hayes

Spouse and Children

31 December 1891
Monroe, Indiana, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 1

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg

Age 1

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.

Age 24

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a worker in metal, from Middle English smith (Old English smið, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Metalworking was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents were perhaps 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 the most frequent of all American surnames; it has also absorbed, by assimilation and translation, cognates and equivalents from many other languages (for forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988 ).

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

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Story Highlight

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)

Sources (3)

  • Katherine Smith in household of Jessey Smith, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Kate Hays in household of John Hays, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Katie Hayes in household of John Hayes, "United States Census, 1920"

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