Mary Ellen Smith

13 June 1845–31 December 1906 (Age 61)
DeKalb, Missouri, United States

The Life of Mary Ellen

When Mary Ellen Smith was born on 13 June 1845, in DeKalb, Missouri, United States, her father, John M Smith, was 35 and her mother, Unity Jane Gilliam, was 33. She married John Henry Dykes on 23 December 1862, in DeKalb, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Grand River Township, DeKalb, Missouri, United States in 1870 and Pattonsburg, Daviess, Missouri, United States in 1880. She died on 31 December 1906, in Deer Creek, Grant, Oklahoma, United States, at the age of 61, and was buried in Grant, Oklahoma, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Henry Dykes
Mary Ellen Smith
Marriage: 23 December 1862
Fannie Lee Dykes
Charles William Dykes
Francis Marion Dykes
Josie Ellen Dykes
Bernice May Dykes
John Odney Dykes
James Archie Dykes
George Omer Dykes

Spouse and Children

    John Henry Dykes



23 December 1862
DeKalb, Missouri, United States


    Fannie Lee Dykes


    Charles William Dykes



    Josie Ellen Dykes



+3 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+6 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 1

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

Age 15

In 1860, the Pony Express used men riding on horseback to carry mail between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California.

Age 18

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

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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Sources (3)

  • Mary E Dykes in household of John H Dykes, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Mary E Smith in household of John Smith, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Mary E Smith in household of John Smith, "United States Census, 1850"

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