Ann Best Smith

Brief Life History of Ann Best

When Ann Best Smith was born on 5 May 1831, in Clay, Missouri, United States, her father, Captain Edward Anderson Smith, was 24 and her mother, Alcey Best, was 17. She married Ahira Manring on 24 July 1851, in DeKalb, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 6 daughters. She lived in Dallas Township, DeKalb, Missouri, United States in 1880 and Garfield, Whitman, Washington, United States in 1900. She died on 3 July 1908, in Garfield, Washington, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Fairview Cemetery, Grangeville, Idaho, Idaho, United States.

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Family Time Line

Ahira Manring
Ann Best Smith
Marriage: 24 July 1851
Elcey Eudosia Manring
Jared E Manring
Jordan Edward Manring
Rosella May Manring
Isabella America Manring
Ahira Clark Manring
Lee Ann Price Manring
Sarah Emerine Manring
William Vincil Manring
Lewis Alvin Manring
Ida Ruth Manring
Samuel Elda Manring

Sources (15)

  • Ann Smith in household of Edward Smith, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Ann Smith, "Missouri Marriages, 1750-1920"
  • Ann B. Smith Mannering, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.


Historical Boundaries: 1851: Buchanan, Missouri , United States


Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

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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