Jane Kean Smith

11 May 1818–23 January 1907 (Age 88)
Cochranton, Crawford, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life Summary of Jane Kean

When Jane Kean Smith was born on 11 May 1818, in Cochranton, Crawford, Pennsylvania, United States, her father, John W. Smith, was 42 and her mother, Lydia Wallace, was 31. She married John Rockafellow on 18 April 1850, in Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Iowa, United States in 1870 and Mount Union, Henry, Iowa, United States in 1880. She died on 23 January 1907, in Cochranton, Crawford, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in Winfield, Henry, Iowa, United States.

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John Rockafellow
Jane Kean Smith
Marriage: 18 April 1850
John S. Rockafellow
William Bates Rockefellow
Elizabeth Jane Rockafellow
Lydia Johanna Rockafellow
Samuel Wallace Rockefellow

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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. 
1820 · Making States Equal
Age 2
The Missouri Compromise helped provide the entrance of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state into the United States. As part of the compromise, slavery was prohibited north of the 36°30′ parallel, excluding Missouri.
Age 28
Iowa is the 29th state.

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 (11)

  • Jane Rockefellow in household of John Rockefellow, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Jane Rockafellow in household of Jarvis Lovitt, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Jane Rockafellow in household of John Rockafellow, "United States Census, 1870"

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