David Smith

Brief Life History of David

When David Smith was born on 20 September 1845, in Vermillion, Indiana, United States, his father, Reuben Francis D Smith, was 38 and his mother, Martha Anna Patsy Lewis, was 33. He married Marena Manoia Barham on 10 November 1864, in Ludlow, Allamakee, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in Allamakee, Iowa, United States in 1850 and Post Township, Allamakee, Iowa, United States for about 40 years. He died on 19 February 1901, in Frankville, Winneshiek, Iowa, United States, at the age of 55, and was buried in Post Township, Allamakee, Iowa, United States.

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David Smith
Marena Manoia Barham
Marriage: 10 November 1864
Ida E. Smith
Ira E. Smith

Sources (18)

  • David Smith, "United States Census, 1870"
  • David Smith, "Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992"
  • David Smith, "Iowa, County Death Records, 1880-1992"

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World Events (8)


U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.


Historical Boundaries: 1851: Winneshiek, Iowa, United States


Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

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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