Jonathan David Smith

Male7 October 1818–28 April 1883

Brief Life History of Jonathan David

When Jonathan David Smith was born on 7 October 1818, in Pennsylvania, United States, his father, John Daniel Smith, was 31 and his mother, Esther Hetty Houseknecht, was 25. He married Elizabeth Betsy Houseknecht about 1844, in Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Jordan Township, Lycoming, Pennsylvania, United States in 1860 and Franklin Township, Lycoming, Pennsylvania, United States in 1880. He died on 28 April 1883, in Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 64, and was buried in Lairdsville, Franklin Township, Lycoming, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Family Time Line

Jonathan David Smith
1818–1883
Elizabeth Betsy Houseknecht
1824–1870
Marriage: about 1844
Jeremiah Clinton Smith
1845–1913
Mary Ellen Eleanor Smith
1847–1916
Susan Smith
1848–1929
Jacob Smith
1850–1853
Sara Jane Smith
1852–1934
Esther E Smith
1854–1921
Benjamin J. Smith
1855–1937
Margaret L Smith
1857–1865
Clark Wesley Smith
1861–1925
Charles Nelson Smith
1862–1940
Harriet E Smith
1864–1921

Sources (6)

  • John Smith, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Jonathan D. Smith, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Jonothan Smith, "United States Census, 1880"

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  • Marriage
    about 1844Pennsylvania, United States
  • Children (11)

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    World Events (8)

    1819 · Panic! of 1819

    Age 1

    With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

    1820 · Making States Equal

    Age 2

    The Missouri Compromise helped provide the entrance of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state into the United States. As part of the compromise, slavery was prohibited north of the 36°30′ parallel, excluding Missouri.

    1836 · Remember the Alamo

    Age 18

    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.

    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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