Merrill Adams Smead

3 April 1876–12 April 1937 (Age 61)
Greenfield, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Merrill Adams

When Merrill Adams Smead was born on 3 April 1876, in Greenfield, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Jonathan Henry Smead, was 36 and his mother, Sarah Addie Newton, was 42. He married Margaret Steffens on 28 July 1895, in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Cranston, Providence, Rhode Island, United States in 1910 and Basin, Jefferson, Montana, United States in 1920. He registered for military service in 1895. He died on 12 April 1937, in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States, at the age of 61, and was buried in Lincoln Memorial Park, Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States.

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Merrill Adams Smead
Margaret Steffens
Marriage: 28 July 1895
William Steffens Smead

Spouse and Children

28 July 1895
Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States


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World Events (8)

1877 · Copper Mining Begins in Butte

Age 1

In 1877, copper mining began in Butte, Montana.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 5

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 20

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

Name Meaning

English: possibly from Middle English smethe ‘smooth’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived on a piece of smooth, level ground, or a nickname from the same word used in a transferred sense for someone of an amiable disposition. Alternatively, it could be a topographic or metonymic occupational name from Old English smiððe, smeðe ‘smithy’, or a habitational name from a place named with this word, as for example Smeeth in Kent.

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

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Sources (3)

  • M Adam Smead, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Merrill Smead, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Merrill A Smead, "United States Census, 1910"

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