James A Smith

about 1848–
Spartanburg, Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States

The Life of James A

When James A Smith was born about 1848, in Spartanburg, Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States, his father, Marcus Wales Smith, was 21 and his mother, Margaret Jane Broome, was 18. He married Amanda Secrest about 1877, in South Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Reeves Township, Marion, South Carolina, United States for about 10 years.

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James A Smith
Amanda Secrest
Marriage: about 1877
Arthur Smith
Eddie May Smith
Lovely Smith
Burther Smith
Elloise Smith
Harvey Smith
Stanley Smith
Mary Smith
Leslie Smith
Mattie Smith

Spouse and Children


    Amanda Secrest


about 1877
South Carolina, United States


    Arthur Smith


    Lovely Smith


    Burther Smith


    Elloise Smith


    Harvey Smith


+5 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+8 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 12

In 1860, South Carolina quit the United States because its citizens were in favor of slavery and President Lincoln was not. The Civil War started a year later.

Age 15

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 33

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

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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Sources (3)

  • James Smith, "United States Census, 1910"
  • James Smith, "United States Census, 1900"
  • James A Smith in household of Marcus Smith, "United States Census, 1860"

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