William Dabney Smithson Jr.

10 September 1832–3 November 1897 (Age 65)
Clark, Kentucky, United States

The Life of William Dabney

When William Dabney Smithson Jr. was born on 10 September 1832, in Clark, Kentucky, United States, his father, William Dabney Smithson, was 30 and his mother, Eliza Jane Edmonson, was 23. He married Mary Ann Fuqua on 27 February 1862, in Vernalis, San Joaquin, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Southwark, Surrey, England, United Kingdom in 1833 and Scott, Illinois, United States in 1850. He died on 3 November 1897, in Acampo, San Joaquin, California, United States, at the age of 65, and was buried in Liberty Cemetery, Acampo, San Joaquin, California, United States.

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William Dabney Smithson Jr.
Mary Ann Fuqua
Marriage: 27 February 1862
William Alfred Smithson
Nathan Hayden Smithson
Clarie Clara Alice Smithson
Minnie Jane Smithson
Lucy Lee Smithson
John Clay Smithson
Melvin B. Smithson

Spouse and Children

27 February 1862
Vernalis, San Joaquin, California, United States




    Clarie Clara Alice Smithson


    Minnie Jane Smithson


    Lucy Lee Smithson


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World Events (8)

1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 7

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.

Age 11

Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published.
1850 · California Is Admitted to Union

Age 18

California was admitted into the Union on September 9, 1850, and became the 31st state.

Name Meaning

Northern English: patronymic from Smith .

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

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Sources (3)

  • William Smithson in household of William D Smithson, "United States Census, 1850"
  • William Smithson in entry for Melvin B. Smithson, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
  • W D Smithson in entry for Nathan H Smithson, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"

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