Rachel Winter Smith

2 May 1818–7 November 1896 (Age 78)
Bolton, Bolton, Warren, New York, United States

The Life Summary of Rachel Winter

When Rachel Winter Smith was born on 2 May 1818, in Bolton, Warren, New York, United States, her father, William Smith, was 38 and her mother, Lydia Jane Calkins, was 31. She married Nathan Tanner on 29 June 1836, in Bolton, Bolton, Warren, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 7 daughters. She died on 7 November 1896, in Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Nathan Tanner
Rachel Winter Smith
Marriage: 29 June 1836
Romelia Tanner
Lydia Jane Tanner
Helen Alcy Tanner
John William Tanner
Nathan Tanner Jr.
Rachel Winter Tanner
Emily Sophia Tanner
Matilda Maria Tanner
Stewart Tefft Tanner
Juliaet Smith W Tanner
Franklin Smith Tanner

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    29 June 1836Bolton, Bolton, Warren, New York, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (7)

    1819 · Panic! of 1819
    Age 1
    With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
    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 28
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    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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    Sources (34)

    • Rachel W Tanner in household of Nathan Tanner, "United States Census, 1880"
    • Rachel Smith in entry for John Wm Tanner, "Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1849-1949"
    • Rachel Tanner in household of Nathan Tanner, "United States Census, 1860"

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