Joseph Smith Fretwell

26 January 1847–17 May 1891 (Age 44)
New Diggings, Lafayette, Wisconsin, United States

The Life Summary of Joseph

When Joseph Smith Fretwell was born on 26 January 1847, in New Diggings, Lafayette, Wisconsin, United States, his father, Samuel Ferris Moses Fretwell, was 42 and his mother, Sarah Jane Woods, was 27. He married Mary Jane Wattis on 29 October 1871, in Uintah, Weber, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. He died on 17 May 1891, in Butte, Silver Bow, Montana, United States, at the age of 44, and was buried in Montana, United States.

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Family Time Line

Joseph Smith Fretwell
Mary Jane Wattis
Marriage: 29 October 1871
Ida Josephine Fretwell
Ella May Fretwell
George Lafayette Fretwell
Maud Catherine Fretwell
Morris Joseph Fretwell
Frank Wattis Fretwell

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    29 October 1871Uintah, Weber, Utah, United States
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    World Events (7)

    1854 · The Creation of the Republican Party
    Age 7
    A debate continues over the location of the creation of the Republican Party. Some sources claim that the party was formed in Ripon, Wisconsin, on February 28, 1854. Others claim the first meeting of the Republican Party took place in Jackson, Michigan, on July 6, 1854, where the Republican Party was officially organized. Over 1,000 people were present and candidates were selected for the party, thus making it the first Republican convention.
    Age 16
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
    Age 17
    Historical Boundaries 1864: Missoula, Idaho Territory, United States 1864: Deer Lodge, Idaho Territory, United States 1864: Deer Lodge, Montana Territory, United States 1881: Silver Bow, Montana Territory, United States 1889: Silver Bow, Montana, United States

    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 (13)

    • Joseph Smith in household of Samuel Zenetwell, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Joseph Smith Fretwell in entry for Mary Jane Wattis Fretwell, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"
    • Joseph S Frettwell in household of Samuel F Frettwell, "United States Census, 1850"

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