Abner Weston Smith

10 June 1857–from 1930 to 1940 (Age 72)
Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States

The Life of Abner Weston

When Abner Weston Smith was born on 10 June 1857, in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States, his father, Bradford Smith, was 36 and his mother, Lucia Wells Weston, was 29. He married Jennie Elizabeth Stewart on 11 July 1889, in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in New York City, New York, United States in 1920 and Bronxville, Westchester, New York, United States in 1930. He died from 1930 to 1940, in Westchester, New York, United States, at the age of 83.

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Abner Weston Smith
Jennie Elizabeth Stewart
Marriage: 11 July 1889
Lucia Helen Weston Smith
Abner Weston Smith Jr

Spouse and Children

11 July 1889
Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States


    Lucia Helen Weston Smith


    Abner Weston Smith Jr


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World Events (8)


Age 6

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1868 · The Railroad Refrigerator Car

Age 11

During the mid-19th century, attempts were made to ship perishable products by rail. The Western Railroad of Massachusetts was the first to experiment with the concept, but it was only functional in cold weather. In 1868, William Davis, of Detroit, patented a refrigerator car that used a frozen mixture of ice and salt to keep everything cold for shipment. It could be used in all weather and in all seasons. He sold the design to George H. Hammond, a Detroit meat packer, who built a set of cars to transport his products to Boston using ice from the Great Lakes for cooling.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 24

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

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)

  • A Weston Smith in household of Lucie A Weed, "United States Census, 1910"
  • A Weston Smith in household of Rodman Stoddard, "United States Census, 1900"
  • A Weston Smith, "United States Census, 1930"

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