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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Family Time Line

William Franklin Smyser
1834–1909
Sarah Ellen Alford
1840–1915
Marriage: 9 February 1861
Wildred Garnet Smyser
1851–1884
Clifford Elmer Smyser
1853–
Adah F. Smyser
1867–
William Porter Smyser
1855–
Zoe Forest Smyser
1857–1900
Gertrude Smyser
1859–
Hannah Smyser
1861–
Harold Smyser
1861–
Louella H Smyser
1861–1941
Henry Logan Smyser
1865–1935
Ada L Smyser
1867–
Wilied G Smyser
1874–
Zoe F Smyser
1876–
Clifford Elmo Smyser
1879–1955
William Porter Smyser
1882–
Ernest True Smyser
1884–1956

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
9 February 1861
St. Joseph, Indiana, United States
children

(16)

    Wildred Garnet Smyser

    Female1851–1884Female

    Clifford Elmer Smyser

    Male1853–Male

    William Porter Smyser

    Male1855–Male

    Zoe Forest Smyser

    Female1857–1900Female

    Gertrude Smyser

    Female1859–Female

+11 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Michael Smyser

    Male1796–1878Male

    Female1801–1858Female

siblings

(9)

+4 More Children

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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