James Simpson Smith

26 November 1813–15 March 1886 (Age 72)
Muhlenberg, Kentucky, United States

The Life of James Simpson

When James Simpson Smith was born on 26 November 1813, in Muhlenberg, Kentucky, United States, his father, John Bailey Smith, was 40 and his mother, Elizabeth Anthony, was 44. He married Letitia Leaky Williams about 1840. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He died on 15 March 1886, in Muhlenberg, Kentucky, United States, at the age of 72, and was buried in Muhlenberg, Kentucky, United States.

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James Simpson Smith
Letitia Leaky Williams
Marriage: about 1840
Nancy J Smith
John Jacob Smith
Mary E Smith
James William Smith
Harrison Netter Smith

Spouse and Children


    Letitia Leaky Williams


about 1840



    John Jacob Smith



    James William Smith


    Harrison Netter Smith


Parents and Siblings


    Elizabeth Anthony




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World Events (8)

1818 · Jackson Purchase

Age 5

The western part of Kentucky purchased by Andrew Jackson from the Chickasaw Indians in 1818. It became known as the Jackson Purchase. This included land that wasn't originally part of Kentucky when it became a state.
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 6

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. 
1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 23

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.

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)

  • J S Smith, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Jams S Smith, "United States Census, 1860"
  • James Smith, "United States Census, 1880"

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