John Parker Smith

18 March 1836–2 March 1911 (Age 75)
Lamasco, Lyon, Kentucky, United States

The Life of John Parker

When John Parker Smith was born on 18 March 1836, in Lamasco, Lyon, Kentucky, United States, his father, Ransford Smith, was 43 and his mother, Catherine Graves Howard, was 33. He married Philadelphia Parker in January 1856, in Caldwell, Kentucky, United States. He lived in Caldwell, Kentucky, United States in 1900 and Princeton, Caldwell, Kentucky, United States in 1910. He died on 2 March 1911, at the age of 74, and was buried in Princeton, Caldwell, Kentucky, United States.

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John Parker Smith
Philadelphia Parker
Marriage: January 1856

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    Philadelphia Parker


January 1856
Caldwell, Kentucky, United States

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World Events (8)


Age 10

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1850 · 8th Most Populated State

Age 14

According to the 1850 census Kentucky was the 8th most populated state with 982,405 people.

Age 25

Kentucky sided with the Union during the Civil War, even though it is a southern state.

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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  • John P Smith, "United States Census, 1860"
  • John P Smith, "United States Census, 1900"
  • John P Smith, "United States Census, 1910"

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