When Mary Lou Smith was born on 19 December 1836, in Alabama, United States, her father, Joseph Smith, was 30 and her mother, Susan Davidson, was 26. She married Mark Whitaker Izard on 25 July 1871, in Lockhart, Caldwell, Texas, United States. She lived in Justice Precinct 3, Caldwell, Texas, United States in 1900 and Staples, Guadalupe, Texas, United States in 1920. She died on 24 May 1926, in Prairie Lea, Caldwell, Texas, United States, at the age of 89, and was buried in Happle Cemetery, Staples, Guadalupe, Texas, United States.
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 .
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