Henry Smith Sr.

3 March 1818–9 November 1888 (Age 70)
Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom

The Life of Henry

When Henry Smith Sr. was born on 3 March 1818, in Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, John Smith, was 36 and his mother, Jane Chandler, was 32. He married Elizabeth Ann Mercer on 22 September 1836, in New Castle, Delaware, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Christiana Hundred, New Castle, Delaware, United States in 1860 and Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States in 1870. He died on 9 November 1888, in Murray, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 70, and was buried in Murray, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Henry Smith Sr.
Matilda Watts
Marriage: 24 August 1857
Matilda Ann Smith
George Thomas Smith
Annie Riley Smith
Edward Smith
Henrietta Smith
Charles Smith
George Thomas Smith
Amelia Watts Smith
Joseph Chandler Smith
James Byard Smith
Henry Smith Jr.
Minnie Maude Smith

Spouse and Children

24 August 1857
Union Township, Camden, New Jersey, United States


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World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 1

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
1833 · The Factory Act Restricts Child Labor

Age 15

The Factory Act restricted the hours women and children could work in textile mills. No child under the age of 9 were allowed to work, and children ages 9-13 could not work longer than 9 hours per day. Children up to the age of 13 were required to receive at least two hours of schooling, six days per week.

Age 28

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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Story Highlight

Death of George Thomas Smith on Pioneer Trail

Tuesday (August) 12th (1862) Started out quarter to 7.o. Clock & traveled 14 Miles & nooned near where the road leaves the Platt[e] for wood river <a child of Henry Smith died of measles>[.] at 3.o. C …

Sources (3)

  • Henry Smith, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Henry Smith, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Henry Smith, "United States Census, 1850"

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