Melvina J. French

1853–
Vermilion, Illinois, United States

The Life of Melvina J.

When Melvina J. French was born on 4 September 1853, in Vermilion, Illinois, United States, her father, Erastus Rufus French, was 27 and her mother, Artimacy Swisher, was 19. She married Augustus Y. Smith on 4 November 1874, in Vermilion, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Middlefork Township, Vermilion, Illinois, United States in 1880.

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Melvina J. French
1853–
Augustus Y. Smith
1848–
Marriage: 4 November 1874
Ida Smith
1870–
Smith
1880–

Spouse & Children

MARRIAGE
4 November 1874
Vermilion, Illinois, United States
children

(2)

  • Female1870–Female

  • Smith

    Male1880–Male

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siblings

(8)

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World Events (8)

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 3

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.
1863

Age 10

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1885 · The First Skyscraper

Age 32

The Home Insurance Building is considered to be the first skyscraper in the world. It was supported both inside and outside by steel and metal that were deemed fireproof and also it was reinforced with concrete. It originally had ten stories but in 1891 two more were added.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish:1. ethnic name for someone from France, Middle English frensche, or in some cases perhaps a nickname for someone who adopted French airs. 2. variant of Anglo-Norman French Frain .

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Melvina French in household of Erastus French, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Melvina Smith in household of Erastus French, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Melvina J French, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"

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