James A. Smith

Brief Life History of James A.

When James A. Smith was born about 1872, in Missouri, United States, his father, Ezekiel Smith, was 52 and his mother, Lavina Basinger, was 43. He lived in Fristoe Township, Benton, Missouri, United States in 1880.

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Family Time Line

Ezekiel Smith
1821–1900
Lavina Basinger
1830–1886
Mary Ann Smith
1850–1926
Joseph Ann Smith
1864–
Patrick L. J. Smith
1869–
James A. Smith
about 1872–
Almus B. C. Smith
1875–
George Washington Smith
1853–1928
Mickey Adeline Smith
1855–1940
Thomas Michael Smith
1857–1945
Catherine D. "Kate" Smith
1859–1928
Lydia Frances Smith
1861–1904
Amanda L. Smith
1864–1881
Narcissa Smith
1866–1955
Isaac Roney Smith
1866–1935
Ezekial Z Smith
1868–1943
Henry Michael Smith
1871–1953
Laben Christopher Smith
1875–1956

Sources (2)

  • James A Smith in household of Geo W Smith, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Legacy NFS Source: James A. Smith - Government record: birth-name: James A. Smith

World Events (8)

about 1872 · The First National Park

Yellowstone National Park was given the title of the first national park by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also believed to be the first national park in the world.

about 1872 · The Amnesty Act

A federal law which reversed most of the penalties on former Confederate soldiers by the Fourteenth Amendment. The Act affected over 150,000 troops that were a part of the Civil War.

1903 · Department of Commerce and Labor

A short-lived Cabinet department which was concerned with controlling the excesses of big business. Later being split and the Secretary of Commerce and Labor splitting into two separate positions.

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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