Jane Kean Smith

Female11 May 1818–23 January 1907

Brief Life History 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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Family Time Line

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

Sources (11)

  • Jane Rockefellow in household of John Rockefellow, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Jane Kean Smith in entry for John S. Rockafellow, "California Deaths and Burials, 1776-2000"
  • Jane Rockafellow in household of Jarvis Lovitt, "United States Census, 1880"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    18 April 1850Pennsylvania, United States
  • Children (5)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (8)

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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 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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