Leah Smith

Brief Life History of Leah

Leah Smith was born on 1 July 1831, in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, United States as the daughter of James Smith and Mary Terrisa Folmer. She married Joseph Orth Shindel on 27 November 1851. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Pennsylvania, United States in 1870. She died on 26 April 1913, in Lebanon, Lebanon, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Lebanon, Lebanon, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Family Time Line

Joseph Orth Shindel
1828–1870
Leah Smith
1831–1913
Marriage: 27 November 1851
Franklin Pierce Shindel
1853–1859
Mary Shindel
about 1855–
Robert Shindel
about 1864–
Samuel James Shindel
about 1855–1856
Merritt Eckman Shindel
1858–1933

Sources (6)

  • Leah Shindel, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Lea Smith, "Pennsylvania, Births and Christenings, 1709-1950"
  • Leah Smith Shindel, "Find A Grave Index"

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World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

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.

1836 · Remember the Alamo

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

1863

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

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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