Oscar Smith

Male1815–13 March 1872

Brief Life History of Oscar

Oscar Smith was born in 1815, in Mississippi, United States as the son of Morris Crosby and Vilate. He lived in Utah, Utah, United States in 1850. He died on 13 March 1872, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 57, and was buried in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Morris Crosby
Vilate
1798–1870
Oscar Smith
1815–1872
Hark Lay Wales
1824–1887
Martha Ann Morris
1828–1885
Rose Crosby
1835–

Sources (7)

  • Oscar Smith, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Oscar Crosby, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Oscar Crosby, "Utah Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel Database, 1847-1868"

Parents and Siblings

Siblings (4)

World Events (8)

1817

Age 2

Mississippi is the 20th state.

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 4

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. 

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 17

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

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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