When Martha E Smith was born about 1844, in Tennessee, United States, her father, John Dawson Smith Sr., was 26 and her mother, Mary Jane Gill, was 16. She lived in Magazine Township, Yell, Arkansas, United States in 1850 and Ward Township, Yell, Arkansas, United States in 1860.
Tennessee was known as the Volunteer State because during the Mexican War the government asked Tennessee for 3,000 volunteer soldiers and 30,000 joined.
Arkansas supplied an estimated 50,000 men to the Confederate Army andabout 15,000 to the Union Army.
1878 · Yellow Fever Epidemic
When a man that had escaped a quarantined steamboat with yellow fever went to a restaurant he infected Kate Bionda the owner. This was the start of the yellow fever epidemic in Memphis, Tennessee. By the end of the epidemic 5,200 of the residence would die.
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 ).