Col Benijah Osmond Smith

1 May 1807–21 February 1850 (Age 42)
Adams, Mississippi, United States

The Life Summary of Benijah Osmond

When Col Benijah Osmond Smith was born on 1 May 1807, in Adams, Mississippi, United States, his father, Calvin Smith, was 38 and his mother, Priscilla Cobb, was 32. He married Elizabeth Forman on 6 October 1828, in Adams, Hinds, Mississippi, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 3 daughters. He died on 21 February 1850, in his hometown, at the age of 42, and was buried in Adams, Mississippi, United States.

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Col Benijah Osmond Smith
Elizabeth Forman
Marriage: 6 October 1828
Stephen F. Smith
Joseph Smith
Joseph C. Smith
Augusta F. Smith
Catherine Priscilla Smith
Helen Augusta Smith
Augusta Smith
Joseph Smith

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    6 October 1828Adams, Hinds, Mississippi, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (7)

    Age 1
    Atlantic slave trade abolished.
    Age 10
    Mississippi is the 20th state.
    1819 · Panic! of 1819
    Age 12
    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. 

    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 (3)

    • Legacy NFS Source: Benijah Osmond Smith - Individual or family possessions: birth: 1 May 1807; Adams, Mississippi, United States
    • Benijah O. Smith, "Mississippi, Marriages, 1800-1911"
    • Benijah Osmond Smith, "Find A Grave Index"

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