Mary Ellen Smith

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

The Life Summary 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

  • Marriage
    23 December 1862DeKalb, Missouri, United States
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    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 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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    Sources (10)

    • Mary E Dykes in household of John H Dykes, "United States Census, 1870"
    • Miss Mary Smith in entry for John Dike, "Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991"
    • Mary E Smith in household of John Smith, "United States Census, 1860"

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