Mary Elizabeth DeWitt

18 February 1833–19 August 1912 (Age 79)
New Jersey, United States

The Life of Mary Elizabeth

When Mary Elizabeth DeWitt was born on 18 February 1833, in New Jersey, United States, her father, William Drake DeWitt, was 32 and her mother, Mary McKain, was 26. She married David Smales on 27 April 1858. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Springville Twp, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, United States in 1870. She died on 19 August 1912, in Elgin, Kane, Illinois, United States, at the age of 79.

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Family Time Line

David Smales
Mary Elizabeth DeWitt
Marriage: 27 April 1858
Emma Smales
Mary Smales
George O Smales
Harry Bertrom Smales
Lucy Amelia Smales
Susie Smales
Harriet "Hattie" K. Smales

Spouse and Children

27 April 1858


+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings




    Mary Elizabeth DeWitt


    Jacob DeWitt


    Alexander M DeWitt



+6 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 2

A strike involving more than 2,000 workers from 20 textile mills in Paterson, New Jersey. Many of those involved were children, Irish, or both. The primary goal of the strike was to reduce the daily working hours from 13.5 to 11. Employers refused to negotiate, but the strike ended with a declaration that the workdays would now be 12 hours during the week and 9 hours on Saturdays. Paterson employers also blacklisted many of the strike leaders and their families.
1836 · Remember the Alamo

Age 3

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.

Age 28

No Civil War battles took place within the state boundaries of New Jersey, but its citizens participated extensively in the war. Volunteers that were turned away ended up serving in the militias of nearby states like Pennsylvania and New York. Whenever President Lincoln requested more troops, New Jersey responded quickly. In total, the state contributed over 88,000 soldiers (6,000 of which died).

Name Meaning

German: habitational name from any of numerous places so named, for example in Altmark, Mecklenburg, and Saxony.

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

Sources (3)

  • Mary E Smales in household of David Smales, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Mary E Dewitt in household of William J Dewitt, "New York State Census, 1855"
  • Mary Smailes in household of David Smailes, "United States Census, 1880"

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