Elijah Smith

12 February 1834–1903 (Age 68)
Anson, North Carolina, United States

The Life of Elijah

When Elijah Smith was born on 12 February 1834, in Anson, North Carolina, United States, his father, Thomas Smith, was 20 and his mother, Winford Ratliff, was 17. He married Nancy Nicholdson on 20 December 1855, in Alcorn, Mississippi, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Prentiss, Mississippi, United States in 1870. He died in 1903, in Booneville, Prentiss, Mississippi, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Smith Family Cemetery, Prentiss, Mississippi, United States.

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Family Time Line

Elijah Smith
Amanda Harriett Johnston
Marriage: 22 December 1859
James Monroe Smith
Henry Virgal Smith
Mary Caldonia Smith
Thomas Frank Smith
Winnie Francis Smith
Arthur Elijah Smith
Tandy Hill Smith
Tintas Tyne Walker Smith
Della Frances Smith
Edward D. Smith

Spouse and Children

22 December 1859
Alcorn, Mississippi, United States


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Parents and Siblings




    Joseph Smith



    John Culpepper Smith


    Martha Ann Smith


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World Events (8)

1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 2

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.

Age 12

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1853 · First State Fair

Age 19

The first state fair in North Carolina was held in Raleigh and was put on by the North Carolina State Agricultural Society in 1853. The fair has been continuous except for during the American Civil War and Reconstruction and WWII.

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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Elijah Smith's Life

Elijah Smith was born in Anson County, North Carolina. He was approximately 19 years old when he and his family moved to Tishomingo County, Mississippi. It has been reported that he was a good fighter …

Sources (3)

  • Elija Smith, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Elijah Smith in household of Thomas Smith, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Elijah Smith, "United States Census, 1880"

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