Anna Xariffa Smith

Brief Life History of Anna Xariffa

When Anna Xariffa Smith was born on 11 September 1873, in Washington, District of Columbia, United States, her father, Alexander Douglass Smith, was 24 and her mother, Mary Feeny, was 22. She married Ferdinand John Buchsbaum on 15 April 1903, in Georgetown, Kent, Maryland, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Georgetown, Washington, District of Columbia, United States in 1880 and Phillipsburg, Warren, New Jersey, United States in 1930. She died on 18 December 1965, in Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, United States, at the age of 92, and was buried in Saint Francis Catholic Cemetery, Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona, United States.

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Family Time Line

Ferdinand John Buchsbaum
1877–1948
Anna Xariffa Smith
1873–1965
Marriage: 15 April 1903
Elizabeth Mary Buchsbaum
1907–1997
William Douglas Buchsbaum
1912–1982

Sources (7)

  • Anne Smith, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Annie X Smith, "District of Columbia Marriages, 1811-1950"
  • Anna Xariffa Smith Buchsbaum, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)

1874 · Secrete Service Headquarters

The Secrete Service Headquarters had been in NYC for four years. Finally in 1874, it returns to Washington D.C.

1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.

1898 · War with the Spanish

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: occupational name denoting a worker in metal, especially iron, such as a blacksmith or farrier, from Middle English smith ‘smith’ (Old English smith, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Early examples are also found in the Latin form Faber . Metal-working was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents in other languages were 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 also the most frequent of all surnames in the US. It is very common among African Americans and Native Americans (see also 5 below). This surname (in any of the two possible English senses; see also below) is also found in Haiti. See also Smither .

English: from Middle English smithe ‘smithy, forge’ (Old English smiththe). The surname may be topographic, for someone who lived in or by a blacksmith's shop, occupational, for someone who worked in one, or habitational, from a place so named, such as Smitha in King's Nympton (Devon). Compare Smithey .

Irish and Scottish: sometimes adopted for Gaelic Mac Gobhann, Irish Mac Gabhann ‘son of the smith’. See McGowan .

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

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