Henry Smith Sr.

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

The Life Summary 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, 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

  • Marriage
    24 August 1857Union Township, Camden, New Jersey, United States
  • Children


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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 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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    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 (41)

    • Henry Smith, "United States Census, 1870"
    • Henry Smith, "New Jersey, Marriages, 1670-1980"
    • Henery Smith in entry for James Byord Smith, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"

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