Matilda Smith

from 1827 to 1829–15 August 1899 (Age 72)
Hollenback Township, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of Matilda

When Matilda Smith was born from 1827 to 1829, her father, Joshua Smith, was 43 and her mother, Mary Elizabeth Beischer, was 36. She had at least 2 sons and 2 daughters with Daniel Shelly. She lived in Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States in 1860. She died on 15 August 1899, in Hollenback Township, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 72, and was buried in Hollenback Township, Luzerne, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Family Time Line

Daniel Shelly
Matilda Smith
Mary Adeline Shelley
Adam Wilson Shelley
Martha J "Jane" Shelly
Samuel O. Shelly

Spouse and Children



Parents and Siblings

    Joshua Smith


    Mary Elizabeth Beischer





    Ephraim Smith


    Joseph Smith


    Catherine Elizabeth Smith


    Jacob SMITH


+9 More Children

World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 3

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1830 · The Oregon Trail

Age 3

Many people started their 2,170-mile West trek to settle the land found by Louis and Clark. They used large-wheeled wagons to pack most of their belongings and were guided by trails that were made by the previous trappers and traders who walked the area. Over time the trail needed annual improvements to make the trip faster and safer. Most of Interstate 80 and 84 cover most of the ground that was the original trail.

Age 19

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

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)

  • Matilda Shelly in household of Daniel Shelly, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Matilda Shelly in household of Daniel Shelly, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Matilda Smith in entry for Adam W. Shelley, "Washington Deaths and Burials, 1810-1960"

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