Rachel Rebecca Smith

Brief Life History of Rachel Rebecca

When Rachel Rebecca Smith was born on 1 September 1835, in Kanawha, Virginia, United States, her father, Jacob Clingman Smith, was 22 and her mother, Sara Susan Walker, was 16. She married Andrew Coleman Maze on 1 May 1861, in Roane, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters. She lived in Sheridan District, Calhoun, West Virginia, United States for about 40 years. She died on 20 April 1918, at the age of 82, and was buried in Industry, Calhoun, West Virginia, United States.

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Family Time Line

Andrew Coleman Maze
1839–1904
Rachel Rebecca Smith
1835–1918
Marriage: 1 May 1861
Annie Maze
1866–1958
Sarah Elizabeth Maze
1867–1946
Robert Harvey Maze
1869–1952
Hannah Annis Maze
1871–1908
Joseph A. J. Maze
1871–1937
Mary Alice Maze
1872–1964
Lucy Ellen Maze
1874–1962
Tracy E. Maze
1874–
Clara Bell Maze
1879–1917

Sources (26)

  • Rebecca R Maze in household of Andrew C Maze, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Rebecca Maze, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Rebecca Smith in entry for Anna Amos, "West Virginia Deaths, 1804-1999"

World Events (8)

1836 · Remember the Alamo

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

1844 · Lumpkin's Jail

In 1844 when Robert Lumpkin bought land in Virginia, this would be the spot of the Infamous Slave Jail (or Lumpkin’s Jail). The slaves would be brought here during the slave trade until they were sold. Lumpkin had purchased the land for his own slave business.

1861 · The Battle of Manassas

The Battle of Manassas is also referred to as the First Battle of Bull Run. 35,000 Union troops were headed towards Washington D.C. after 20,000 Confederate forces. The McDowell's Union troops fought with General Beauregard's Confederate troops along a little river called Bull Run. 

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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