Ann Best Smith

1 May 1831–3 July 1908 (Age 77)
Clay, Missouri, United States

The Life of Ann Best

When Ann Best Smith was born on 1 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 Stites, 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

Spouse and Children

24 July 1851
DeKalb, Missouri, United States


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World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 1

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.
1834 · Zion's Camp

Age 3

Joseph Smith, Jr. and a group of 200 volunteers departed Kirkland, Ohio, to aid scattered Latter-day Saints. The group known as Zion's Camp arrived to the Fishing River on June 19. A mob had gathered to attack and disjoin the group. A storm swept through the area and the river rose over 30 feet, which caused the mob to scatter.

Age 29

In 1860, the Pony Express used men riding on horseback to carry mail between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California.

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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Sources (3)

  • Ann Smith in household of Edward Smith, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Ann B Manning in household of Ahire Manning, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Ann Manring in household of Ahira Manring, "United States Census, 1880"

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