Robert Bruce Smith

18 September 1854–20 March 1944 (Age 89)
New Castle, Henry, Indiana, United States

The Life of Robert Bruce

When Robert Bruce Smith was born on 18 September 1854, in New Castle, Henry, Indiana, United States, his father, Henry Smith, was 49 and his mother, Sarah Albin, was 47. He married Anna Laura White on 8 August 1884, in Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 4 daughters. He lived in Columbus, Adams, Illinois, United States in 1860 and Henry Township, Henry, Indiana, United States for about 40 years. He died on 20 March 1944, in New Castle, Henry, Indiana, United States, at the age of 89, and was buried in New Castle, Henry, Indiana, United States.

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Family Time Line

Robert Bruce Smith
Anna Laura White
Marriage: 8 August 1884
Hildreth Smith
Hazel Smith
Herbert Smith
Hildreth Smith
Harriet Audra Smith

Spouse and Children


    Anna Laura White


8 August 1884
Indiana, United States


    Hildreth Smith



    Herbert Smith


    Hildreth Smith


    Harriet Audra Smith


Parents and Siblings



    Charles Wesley Smith Sr.


    Nancy Ann Smith




    George Smith


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World Events (8)

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 2

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Age 9

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 27

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

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)

  • Robert Smith in household of John Smith, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Robert Smith in household of Jane Smith, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Robert B Smith, "United States Census, 1910"

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