Clarence R Smith

Male6 November 1857–30 January 1943

Brief Life History of Clarence R

When Clarence R Smith was born on 6 November 1857, in New York, United States, his father, David M Smith, was 24 and his mother, Adelia Hornbeck, was 22. He had at least 1 son and 3 daughters with Susan. He lived in Oakland, Alameda, California, United States in 1930 and Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States for about 10 years. He died on 30 January 1943, in Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 85.

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Clarence R Smith
Francis Smith
Jennie Ruth Smith
Henry Smith
Vera Smith

Sources (13)

  • Clarence Smith in household of David Smith, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Clarence R Smith, "California Death Index, 1940-1997"
  • Clarence Smith in entry for Randolph Henry Smith, "Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Certificates, 1803-1915"

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World Events (8)


Age 6

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


Age 10

Historical Boundaries: 1867: Cook, Illinois, United States

1880 · The Great Gale of 1880

Age 23

The Great Gale of 1880 was a severe snow and wind storm that devastated parts of Oregon and Washington on January 9, 1880. The extratropical cyclone caused tides to rise seven feet, gale force winds, and snow accumulations of up to 18 inches.  

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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