John Washington Smith

6 December 1834–18 January 1863 (Age 28)
Missouri, United States

The Life of John Washington

When John Washington Smith was born on 6 December 1834, in Missouri, United States, his father, John M Smith, was 24 and his mother, Unity Jane Gilliam, was 23. He married Martha Dorcas Adams on 22 November 1855, in Buchanan, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in DeKalb, Missouri, United States in 1850 and Camden Township, DeKalb, Missouri, United States in 1860. He died on 18 January 1863, at the age of 28.

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John Washington Smith
Martha Dorcas Adams
Marriage: 22 November 1855
Alice Ann Smith
Cornelia Jane Smith
John Vincent Smith
James W Smith
Sterling Price Smith

Spouse and Children

22 November 1855
Buchanan, Missouri, United States


    Alice Ann Smith



    John Vincent Smith


    James W Smith


    Sterling Price Smith


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World Events (5)

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.
1838 · Lord Reveals the Name of His Chruch

Age 4

On April 26, 1838, The Lord reveals that the name of His Church should be The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This revelation was given to the Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr. in Far West, Missouri.

Age 12

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

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 ).

LOAD TEST -- Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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  • John W Smith, "United States Census, 1860"
  • John W Smith in household of John Smith, "United States Census, 1850"
  • John W Smith, "Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991"

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