Sarah Frances Smith

1874–27 December 1957 (Age 83)
Macon, Illinois, United States

The Life of Sarah Frances

When Sarah Frances Smith was born in 1874, in Macon, Illinois, United States, her father, John Dee Smith, was 46 and her mother, Sarah Frances Warnick, was 26. She married John William Matthews on 3 March 1891, in Macon, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. She lived in Blue Mound Township, Macon, Illinois, United States for about 20 years. She died on 27 December 1957, in Blue Mound, Macon, Illinois, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Brown Township, Champaign, Illinois, United States.

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John William Matthews
Sarah Frances Smith
Marriage: 3 March 1891
John D. Matthews
William Glenn Matthews

Spouse and Children

    John William Matthews



3 March 1891
Macon, Illinois, United States


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World Events (8)

1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 1

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.
1877 · The First Workers Strike

Age 3

The country was in great economic distress in mid-1877, which caused many workers of the Railroad to come together and began the first national strike in the United States. Crowds gathered in Chicago in extreme number to be a part of the strike which was later named the Great Railroad Strike. Shortly after the strike began, the battle was fought between the authorities and many of the strikers. The conflict escalated to violence and quickly each side turned bloody.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 22

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

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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Sources (3)

  • Sarah F Matthews, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Sarah Matthews in household of J D Matthews, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Sarah F Matthews in entry for William Glenn Matthews and Rachel Ann Brown, "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954"

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