Christian Smith

about 1789–before 1899 (Age 110)

The Life of Christian

When Christian Smith was born about 1789, in Germany, his father, Mr. Smith, was 25 and his mother, Mrs. Smith, was 22. He married Maria Hostetter in 1811, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He died before 1899, at the age of 109.

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Christian Smith
Maria Hostetter
Marriage: 1811
Jacob Hostetter Smith Sr

Spouse and Children

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Mr. Smith


    Mrs. Smith




World Events (5)

1813 · Germans defeat Napolean in Leipzig

Age 24

On Oct 19, 1813, Germany defeats Napolean. The commanding officer for the Allied side was Prince Karl Phillipp Schwarzenberg.

Age 25

The Congress of Vienna established the German Confederation of 39 independent German states.
1852 · The Book of Mormon Published in German

Age 63

On May 25, 1852, the Book of Mormon is published in German.

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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