William Franklin Smyser

October 1834–4 February 1909 (Age 74)
Adams, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of William Franklin

When William Franklin Smyser was born in October 1834, in Adams, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Michael Smyser, was 38 and his mother, Rebecca F Ferree, was 33. He married Sarah Ellen Alford on 9 February 1861, in St. Joseph, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 9 daughters. He lived in Clinton, Missouri, United States in 1870 and Concord Township, Clinton, Missouri, United States in 1880. He died on 4 February 1909, in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States, at the age of 74.

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William Franklin Smyser
Sarah Ellen Alford
Marriage: 9 February 1861
Wildred Garnet Smyser
Clifford Elmer Smyser
Adah F. Smyser
William Porter Smyser
Zoe Forest Smyser
Gertrude Smyser
Hannah Smyser
Harold Smyser
Louella H Smyser
Henry Logan Smyser
Ada L Smyser
Wilied G Smyser
Zoe F Smyser
Clifford Elmo Smyser
William Porter Smyser
Ernest True Smyser

Spouse and Children

9 February 1861
St. Joseph, Indiana, United States


    Wildred Garnet Smyser


    Clifford Elmer Smyser


    William Porter Smyser


    Zoe Forest Smyser


    Gertrude Smyser


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Parents and Siblings

    Michael Smyser





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World Events (8)

1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 2

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.
1836 · The Massive Internal Improvements Act

Age 2

The Massive Internal Improvements Act of 1836 loaned Indiana $10,000,000 to create infrastructure such as canals, railroads, and roads across the state. The act was signed by Whig Governor Noah Noble and passed by the Indiana General Assembly. However, the financial crisis known as the Panic of 1837 thwarted these plans as costs ballooned. Construction on the infrastructure was not completed and the state debt rapidly increased.
1856 · The Town of Santa Claus

Age 22

The town of Santa Fe was denied their application for a United States Postal Service as a town of Santa Fe, Indiana, was already established. Several meetings were held and the name was changed to Santa Claus, Indiana. The United States Postal Service granted their application. Due to the name, the post office in Santa Claus continues to receive thousands of letters to Santa Claus from children around the world each December.

Name Meaning

Possibly an altered form of German Schmeisser .

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

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • William Smyser, "United States Census, 1880"
  • W F Smyser, "United States Census, 1870"
  • W F Smyser, "United States Census, 1900"

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