Margaret Bowen Smith

1826–1850 (Age 24)
Jones, Georgia, United States

The Life of Margaret Bowen

When Margaret Bowen Smith was born in 1826, in Jones, Georgia, United States, her father, Sterling William Smith Sr, was 37 and her mother, Nancy Heartwell, was 41. She married Thomas Jefferson Stewart on 16 January 1849, in Jones, Georgia, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She died in 1850, in her hometown, at the age of 24, and was buried in Gray, Jones, Georgia, United States.

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Family Time Line

Thomas Jefferson Stewart
Margaret Bowen Smith
Marriage: 16 January 1849
Catherine Lucretia Stewart

Spouse and Children

    Thomas Jefferson Stewart



16 January 1849
Jones, Georgia, United States


    Catherine Lucretia Stewart


Parents and Siblings

    Sterling William Smith Sr


    Nancy Heartwell




    Mary Ann Claiborne Smith


    Martha Williams Smith


    Hartwell Paul Smith


    Sterling William Smith Jr


    Frances C Smith


+3 More Children

World Events (5)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 4

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.
1832 · Worcester v. Georgia

Age 6

In 1830, U.S. President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act which required all Native Americans to relocate to areas west of the Mississippi River. That same year, Governor Gilmer of Georgia signed an act which claimed for Georgia all Cherokee territories within the boundaries of Georgia. The Cherokees protested the act and the case made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The case, Worcester v. Georgia, ruled in 1832 that the United States, not Georgia, had rights over the Cherokee territories and Georgia laws regarding the Cherokee Nation were voided. President Jackson didn’t enforce the ruling and the Cherokees did not cede their land and Georgia held a land lottery anyway for white settlers.
1835 · Treaty of New Echota

Age 9

A minority group of Cherokees including John Ridge, Major Ridge, Elias Boudinot, and Stand Waite, signed the Treaty of New Echota which ceded all Cherokee territory east of the Mississippi in exchange for five million dollars. The majority of Cherokees did not agree and 16,000 Cherokee signatures were gathered to protest the treaty. Boudinot and both Ridges were killed several years later by angry Cherokees for signing the treaty.

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)

  • Margaret B. Smith, "Georgia, County Marriages, 1785-1950"
  • Margaret Smith in entry for Catherine Stewart Chiles, "Georgia Deaths, 1928-1940"
  • Margaret Bowen Smith Stewart, "Find A Grave Index"

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