Lois Jane Smith

about 1827–20 May 1903 (Age 76)
Hancock, Hancock, Maine, United States

The Life of Lois Jane

When Lois Jane Smith was born about 1827, in Hancock, Hancock, Maine, United States, her father, Reuben Smith, was 22 and her mother, Lois Bartlett, was 26. She married Willard Byam Reade on 16 October 1856, in Lawrence, Essex, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Lawrence, Essex, Massachusetts, United States for about 10 years and Winters Judicial Township, Yolo, California, United States in 1900. She died on 20 May 1903, in Winters, Yolo, California, United States, at the age of 76.

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Family Time Line

Willard Byam Reade
Lois Jane Smith
Marriage: 16 October 1856
Willard Anson Reed
George Willard Reed
Asela Lois Reed
Idela Alice Reed
Wesley Stillman Reade

Spouse and Children

16 October 1856
Lawrence, Essex, Massachusetts, United States


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings

    Reuben Smith


    Lois Bartlett




    Matilda Smith



    Lydia Smith


    Elmira Smith


    Emeline Smith


+6 More Children

World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 3

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1832 · Calais Branch is Chartered

Age 5

The State of Maine chartered the Calais Railway in 1832, one of the first railway charters to be granted by the state. Construction was very long, as the project was reorganized, abandoned, transferred to other companies, and extended several times. It was finally completed in 1898.
1848 · The California Gold Rush

Age 21

On January 24, 1848, gold was found at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California, which began the California gold rush. In December of that same year, U.S. President James Polk announced the news to Congress. The news of gold lured thousands of “forty-niners” seeking fortune to California during 1849. Approximately 300,000 people relocated to California from all over the world during the gold rush years. It is estimated that the mined gold was worth tens of billions in today’s U.S. dollars. 

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)

  • Louisa J Reed in household of Wilard B Reed, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Lois J Reed in household of Millard B Reed, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Lois Smith in household of Reuben Smith, "United States Census, 1850"

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