Cornelia Workman Smith

Female13 March 1862–17 November 1941

Brief Life History of Cornelia Workman

When Cornelia Workman Smith was born on 13 March 1862, in Paterson, Passaic, New Jersey, United States, her father, John Oliver Smith, was 40 and her mother, Sarah Ellen Workman, was 30. She married Charles Richard Crane I from 2 October 1881 to 2 November 1881, in Manchester Township, Passaic, New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States in 1910 and Falmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States in 1920. She died on 17 November 1941, at the age of 79, and was buried in Woods Hole, Falmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.

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Family Time Line

Charles Richard Crane I
Cornelia Workman Smith
Marriage: from 2 October 1881 to 2 November 1881
Richard Teller Crane
Cornelia Crane
Mary Josephine Crane
Frances Anita Crane
John Oliver Crane

Sources (26)

  • Cornelia Smith in household of John O Smith, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Cornelia Smith, "New Jersey, Births, 1670-1980"
  • Cornelia W. Smith, "New Jersey, Marriages, 1670-1980"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    from 2 October 1881 to 2 November 1881Manchester Township, Passaic, New Jersey, United States
  • Children (5)

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    Siblings (3)

    World Events (8)


    Age 1

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

    1867 · The Chicago Water Tower

    Age 5

    The Chicago water tower was built out of Lemont limestone by William W. Boyington and was used for firefighting and also drawing clean water from Lake Michigan. The tower gained prominence after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Some believe that the tower was the only building to survive the Great Chicago Fire, but a few other buildings survived alongside the tower. The tower has become a symbol of old Chicago and how the city recovered from the fire. The tower has undergone only two renovations since 1913. 

    1885 · The World's First Skyscraper

    Age 23

    The Home Insurance Building is considered to be the first skyscraper in the world. It was supported both inside and outside by steel and metal that were deemed fireproof and also it was reinforced with concrete. It originally had ten stories but in 1891 two more were added.

    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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