John Dawson Smith Sr.

about 1818–before 1880 (Age 62)
Tennessee, United States

The Life of John Dawson

When John Dawson Smith Sr. was born about 1818, in Tennessee, United States, his father, John Adams "Honey Bee" Smith, was 27 and his mother, Catherine Livingston, was 22. He married Mary Jane Gill on 3 February 1846, in Yell, Arkansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Ward Township, Yell, Arkansas, United States in 1860 and Arkansas, United States in 1870. He died before 1880, in Heber Springs, Cleburne, Arkansas, United States, at the age of 61.

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John Dawson Smith Sr.
Mary Jane Gill
Marriage: 3 February 1846
William Frank Smith
Martha E Smith
Mary Ann Smith
George Andrew Jackson Smith
James E. Smith
Hiram E Smith
John Dawson Smith Jr.
Sinthia J Smith
Tennessee Ann Smith
Artie Necie Smith
Samuel "Sam" Smith

Spouse and Children

3 February 1846
Yell, Arkansas, United States


+6 More Children

Parents and Siblings




    Elizabeth "Betsy" Smith



    Thomas W. Smith


    George Andrew Jackson Smith


+8 More Children

World Events (8)

1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 9

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.

Age 13

Historical Boundaries - 1831: Conway, Arkansas Territory, United States; 1833: Van Buren, Arkansas Territory, United States; 1836: Van Buren, Arkansas, United States; 1883: Cleburne, Arkansas, United States
1835 · The Hermitage is Built

Age 17

The Hermitage located in Nashville, Tennessee was a plantation owned by President Andrew Jackson from 1804 until his death there in 1845. The Hermitage is now a museum.

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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Sources (3)

  • John D Smith, "United States Census, 1860"
  • John D Smith, "United States Census, 1850"
  • J D Smith, "United States Census, 1870"

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