Janet Crichton Smith

Brief Life History of Janet Crichton

When Janet Crichton Smith was born on 28 October 1887, in Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, her father, John Smith, was 23 and her mother, Jane Crichton McDonald, was 18. She married Richard Willison Gordon on 12 March 1917, in Lahore, Punjab, India. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. She lived in Lahore, Punjab, India in 1917 and Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada in 1925. She died on 15 January 1985, in Nanaimo County, British Columbia, Canada, at the age of 97.

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Richard Willison Gordon
Janet Crichton Smith
Marriage: 12 March 1917
Marjorie Jean Gordon
Elizabeth Mary Gordon
Heather Willison Gordon
Richard Willison Gordon

Sources (15)

  • Janet C Smith in household of John Smith, "Scotland Census, 1891"
  • Janet Crichton Smith, "India Marriages, 1792-1948 "
  • Janet Crichton Gordon, "British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993"

World Events (8)

1890 · Opening of the Forth Railway Bridge.

The Forth Bridge is a railway bridge across the Firth of Forth river in the east of Scotland, 9 miles west of Edinburgh City Center. It is considered as a symbol of Scotland and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was opened on 4 March and was the longest single cantilever bridge span in the world until 1919. It is still in operation.


London, United Kingdom hosts Summer Olympic Games.

1913 · Leith dockers strike 1913

The Leith dockers strike was a strike that brought the town of Leith to a standstill after dock workers demanded an increase in pay, better working conditions, and shorter hours. The strike had an effect on the local community by not allowing trade to flow smoothly out of the docks. There totaled around 4,600 people a part of the strikes and riots but it ended near the middle of August with no demands met. since then two more strikes would happen at the same location, once in 1983 and, most recently, in 1989.

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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