Absalom Smith

Male28 May 1805–18 October 1863

Brief Life History of Absalom

Absalom Smith was born on 28 May 1805, in Howard, Missouri, United States. He married Hilah Kimsey on 19 August 1828, in Jackson, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Polk, Polk, Nebraska, United States in 1850 and Dallas, Polk, Oregon, United States in 1860. He died on 18 October 1863, in Smithfield, Polk, Oregon, United States, at the age of 58, and was buried in Dallas, Polk, Oregon, United States.

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Family Time Line

Absalom Smith
Hilah Kimsey
Marriage: 19 August 1828
Henry Barker Smith
James Washington Smith
Nancy Jane Smith
Thomas J Smith
Emily Francis Smith
Samuel Thurston Smith

Sources (13)

  • Absalem Smith, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Absolem Smith, "Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991"
  • Afsolem Smith, "Oregon, Oregon State Archives, Death Records, 1864-1967"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    19 August 1828Jackson, Missouri, United States
  • Children (6)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 3

    Atlantic slave trade abolished.


    Age 11

    Historical Boundaries 1816: Howard County created from St Charles and St Louis counties

    1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land

    Age 16

    A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.

    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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