James Arthur Smothers

Brief Life History of James Arthur

When James Arthur Smothers was born on 25 December 1840, in Tennessee, United States, his father, John Richard Smothers, was 60 and his mother, Mima Ridley Bailey, was 25. He married Mary Elizabeth Dickey on 29 November 1861, in Nashville, Washington, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in Mallory Township, Clayton, Iowa, United States in 1885 and Richland Township, Delaware, Iowa, United States in 1920. He died on 15 July 1932, in Iowa, United States, at the age of 91, and was buried in Elkader, Clayton, Iowa, United States.

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James Arthur Smothers
Elizabeth Josephine Swisher
Marriage: January 1870
James Smothers
Mary A. Smothers
George Arthur Smothers
Sarah Smothers
Elmer Claud Smothers
Sidney R. Smothers
Oliver Bertsel Smothers

Sources (23)

  • James Smothers, "Iowa State Census, 1885"
  • James Arthur Smothers, "Find A Grave Index"
  • James Smothers in entry for Sarah Wood, "Iowa, County Death Records, 1880-1992"

World Events (8)


U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.


Tennessee was known as the Volunteer State because during the Mexican War the government asked Tennessee for 3,000 volunteer soldiers and 30,000 joined.


Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

Name Meaning

English (Cheshire): variant of Smithers . This form of the surname is now rare in Britain.

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

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