When James Agee Smith was born on 25 August 1829, in Trenton, Gibson, Tennessee, United States, his father, Richard Smith, was 36 and his mother, Diana Braswell, was 31. He married Sarah Jane Duke on 22 August 1851, in Provo, Utah, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 6 daughters. He immigrated to Utah, United States in 1868. He died on 19 January 1902, in Provo, Utah, Utah, United States, at the age of 72, and was buried in Provo City Cemetery, Provo, Utah, Utah, United States.
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 .
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James came to the Salt Lake Valley in 1850 with the James Pace Company. He settled in the Provo Valley. He went on a mission to England and at the end of his mission in 1868 he traveled home with th …
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