Matilda A. Smith

Female9 March 1859–28 July 1944

Brief Life History of Matilda A.

Matilda A. Smith was born on 9 March 1859, in Warsaw, Benton, Missouri, United States as the daughter of John Smith and Minerva Bocholman. She married Samuel George Gentry on 8 September 1874, in Saline, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Venice, Venice Township, Madison, Illinois, United States in 1910 and Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States in 1930. She died on 28 July 1944, in Mexico, Audrain, Missouri, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Mexico, Audrain, Missouri, United States.

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Samuel George Gentry
Matilda A. Smith
Marriage: 8 September 1874
Samaria Gentry
Enoch E. Gentry
Maria P. Gentry
Dr Benjamin Major Gentry
James Richard Gentry
Virgil Lee Gentry
Simon Edward Gentry
Leila Matilda Gentry

Sources (30)

  • Matilda A Gentry in household of James R Gentry, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Missouri, Birth Records, 1847-1910
  • Matilda A. Smith, "Missouri Marriages, 1750-1920"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    8 September 1874Saline, Missouri, United States
  • Children (8)

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    Siblings (1)

    World Events (8)

    1861 · Simple life to Soldiers

    Age 2

    Illinois contributed 250,000 soldiers to the Union Army, ranking it fourth in terms of the total men fighting for a single state. Troops mainly fought in the Western side of the Appalachian Mountains, but a few regiments played important roles in the East side. Several thousand Illinoisians died during the war. No major battles were fought in the state, although several towns became sites for important supply depots and navy yards. Not everyone in the state supported the war and there were calls for secession in Southern Illinois several residents. However, the movement for secession soon died after the proposal was blocked.


    Age 4

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

    1882 · The Chinese Exclusion Act

    Age 23

    A federal law prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The Act was the first law to prevent all members of a national group from immigrating to the 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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