Calvin Cossitt Smith

Male1851–1920

Brief Life History of Calvin Cossitt

When Calvin Cossitt Smith was born in 1851, in Onondaga, New York, United States, his father, Lanson Smith, was 45 and his mother, Arley A Cossitt, was 23. He had at least 1 son and 1 daughter with Francella Barber. He lived in Pompey, Onondaga, New York, United States in 1860 and Portville, Portville, Cattaraugus, New York, United States for about 55 years. He died in 1920, in New York, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Portville, Portville, Cattaraugus, New York, United States.

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Family Time Line

Calvin Cossitt Smith
1851–1920
Francella Barber
1854–1938
Mary Blanche Smith
1881–
Henry DeForest Smith
1883–1945

Sources (12)

  • C C Smith in household of Lanson Smith, "New York State Census, 1865"
  • Calvin Cossitt Smith, "Find A Grave Index"
  • C. C. Smith in entry for Henry D. Smith and Pearle Hendryx, "New York, County Marriages, 1847-1848; 1908-1936"

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World Events (8)

1863

Age 12

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

1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg

Age 12

The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.

1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Age 19

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.

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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