Sarah Ellen Birks

19 June 1852–21 December 1929 (Age 77)
Illinois, United States

The Life of Sarah Ellen

When Sarah Ellen Birks was born on 19 June 1852, in Illinois, United States, her father, David Birks, was 39 and her mother, Phoebe Turner, was 33. She married David Wesley Smith on 5 December 1867, in Marshall, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Marion Township, Marshall, Iowa, United States in 1900 and Greencastle Township, Marshall, Iowa, United States in 1920. She died on 21 December 1929, in Marshalltown, Marshall, Iowa, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Timber Creek Cemetery, Timber Creek Township, Marshall, Iowa, United States.

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David Wesley Smith
Sarah Ellen Birks
Marriage: 5 December 1867
Phoebe A Smith
Charles Lewis Smith
Minnie May Smith
George Francis Smith
John Elmer Smith
Alva Clinton Smith
Henry Harry Smith
Mamie Ellen Smith
David Russell Smith

Spouse and Children

5 December 1867
Marshall, Iowa, United States


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World Events (8)

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 4

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Age 11

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 23

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

Northern English: variant of Birch .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Sarah E Smith in household of David W Smith, "Iowa State Census, 1885"
  • Sarah E Alexander in household of A J Alexander, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Sarah E Alexander in household of Andrew J Alexander, "United States Census, 1920"

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