Sarah Rachel Smith

12 March 1858–13 September 1878 (Age 20)
Humansdorp, Cape Province, South Africa

The Life Summary of Sarah Rachel

When Sarah Rachel Smith was born on 12 March 1858, in Humansdorp, Cape Province, South Africa, her father, Henry Smith I, was 43 and her mother, Martha Knight, was 31. She lived in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States in 1870. She died on 13 September 1878, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 20, and was buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Age 4
In 1862, the US government gave away Nebraska land to any settler who could farm it for 5 years. Thousands of people took that opportunity.
Age 5
Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
Age 7
Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

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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Mexican Passenger List - South Africa to Utah

The SMITH and KERSHAW families left from South Africa on the ship MEXICANA, 12 Apr 1865 to Immigrate to Utah. SAILING NUMBER 14: MEXICANA Departure: April 12, 1865 Passengers: George Frederick Kersha …

Sources (16)

  • Sarah Smith in household of Henry Smith, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Sarah Rachal Smith, "South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970 "
  • Sarah Smith, "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1891"

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