Mary Elizabeth Smith

Female14 March 1870–5 December 1891

Brief Life History of Mary Elizabeth

When Mary Elizabeth Smith was born on 14 March 1870, in Harwich, Kent, Ontario, Canada, her father, James Smith, was 50 and her mother, Margaret McKinlay, was 40. She died on 5 December 1891, in Harwich, Kent, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 21.

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Family Time Line

James Smith
1820–1892
Margaret McKinlay
1830–1884
Peter McKinlay Smith
1855–1932
Clara Ann Smith
1857–1937
Janet Smith
1859–1950
John Wesley Smith
1860–1941
James Thornton Smith
1862–1945
Catherine Smith
1863–1953
Isabella Smith
1866–1951
Margaret Smith
1868–1949
Mary Elizabeth Smith
1870–1891
Abigail Smith
1870–1957
Nancy Smith
1871–1926

Sources (3)

  • Mary E. Smith in household of James Smith, "Canada Census, 1881"
  • Mary Elizabeth Smith, "Canada, Ontario Births and Baptisms, 1779-1899"
  • Mary E Smith in household of James Smith, "Canada Census, 1871"

Parents and Siblings

Siblings (11)

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World Events (3)

1871

Age 1

British Columbia joins the confederation.

1883 · Mining Boom

Age 13

In 1883, there was a mining boom in Northern Ontario when mineral deposits were found near Sudbury. Thomas Flanagan was the blacksmith for the Canadian Pacific Railway that noticed the deposits in the river.

1886 · First Workmen's Comp Act

Age 16

In 1886, Ontario passed its first Workmen's Compensation Act. This was in response to the number of railway workers that were being injured.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: occupational name denoting a worker in metal, especially iron, such as a blacksmith or farrier, from Middle English smith ‘smith’ (Old English smith, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Early examples are also found in the Latin form Faber . Metal-working was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents in other languages were 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 also the most frequent of all surnames in the US. It is very common among African Americans and Native Americans (see also 5 below). This surname (in any of the two possible English senses; see also below) is also found in Haiti. See also Smither .

English: from Middle English smithe ‘smithy, forge’ (Old English smiththe). The surname may be topographic, for someone who lived in or by a blacksmith's shop, occupational, for someone who worked in one, or habitational, from a place so named, such as Smitha in King's Nympton (Devon). Compare Smithey .

Irish and Scottish: sometimes adopted for Gaelic Mac Gobhann, Irish Mac Gabhann ‘son of the smith’. See McGowan .

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

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