John Wesley Smith

11 June 1837–8 April 1864 (Age 26)
Bradford, Stark, Illinois, United States

The Life of John Wesley

When John Wesley Smith was born on 11 June 1837, in Bradford, Stark, Illinois, United States, his father, Asher Miner Smith, was 29 and his mother, Phebe H. Stark, was 25. He married Almira Amelia Vader on 21 March 1860, in Osceola, Stark, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He died on 8 April 1864, in Stark, Stark, Illinois, United States, at the age of 26.

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Family Time Line

John Wesley Smith
Almira Amelia Vader
Marriage: 21 March 1860
Fredrick Lloyd Smith
Eliza C. Smith

Spouse and Children

21 March 1860
Osceola, Stark, Illinois, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Asher Miner Smith





    Zurah Smith


    Oliver Gold Smith



    Eliza C. Smith


    Byron Smith


World Events (8)

1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 2

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.
1839 · The Capital Moves again

Age 2

After the twenty years that the capital was moved to Vandalia, the General Assembly, under the leadership of Abraham Lincoln, voted to move the capital to Springfield. Springfield is still the capital of Illinois to this day, even though Chicago has long surpassed the capital on population.

Age 9

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

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)

  • Wesley Smith, "United States Census, 1860"
  • John W Smith in household of Asher M Smith, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Wesley Smith in entry for John F Fulk and Eliza C Smith, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"

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