Jane Kean Smith

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 Mount Union, Henry, Iowa, United States in 1880 and Lee Township, Polk, Iowa, United States in 1900. 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

Sources (12)

  • Jane Rocefellow, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Jane Rockafellow, "Iowa, County Death Records, 1880-1992"
  • Jane Kean Smith in entry for John S. Rockafellow, "California Deaths and Burials, 1776-2000"

World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

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. 


Historical Boundaries: 1836: Henry, Wisconsin Territory, United States 1838: Henry, Iowa Territory, United States 1846: Henry, Iowa, United States


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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