Permelia A. Smith

14 January 1850–11 February 1850
Madison, Iowa, United States

The Life of Permelia A.

When Permelia A. Smith was born on 14 January 1850, in Madison, Iowa, United States, her father, David Simpson Smith, was 22 and her mother, Jane Cason, was 15. She died on 11 February 1850, in her hometown, at the age of 0, and was buried in Brush Ridge Cemetery, Patterson, Madison, Iowa, United States.

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David Simpson Smith
Jane Cason
Permelia A. Smith
Margaret E. Smith
Ida Smith
William J. Smith
Mary Ann Smith
Charles Marion Smith
Alice J. Smith

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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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  • Permilia[sic] A. Smith, "Find A Grave Index" (Patterson, Madison, Iowa: 1850)
  • Permelia Smith burial history, "Winterset Madisonian" (1931)
  • Permelia A. Smtih, "Iowa Gravestone Photo Project" (Madison County: 1850)

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