Amanda Ophelia Smith

26 April 1818–25 October 1905 (Age 87)
Poughkeepsie, Dutchess, New York, United States

The Life of Amanda Ophelia

When Amanda Ophelia Smith was born on 26 April 1818, in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess, New York, United States, her father, Erastus Smith, was 30 and her mother, Mary Vail, was 32. She married Jacob H. Buys on 14 January 1835. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. She died on 25 October 1905, in Escanaba, Delta, Michigan, United States, at the age of 87.

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Family Time Line

Jacob H. Buys
Amanda Ophelia Smith
Marriage: 14 January 1835
Smith V. Buys
Delia Ann Buys
George H. Buys

Spouse and Children

14 January 1835


Parents and Siblings

    Erastus Smith


    Mary Vail




    Adaline Smith


    Hannah Smith



World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 1

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 9

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.

Age 28

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

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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Story Highlight

Amanda Buys 1800-1879 Letter to her Brother Hyrum D. Buys

Buffalo, November 18, 1845 Dear Brother: (Hyrum DeBaun Buys) I Embrace this opportunity of …

Sources (3)

  • Amanda Mason in entry for Charles Edward Mason and Sadie C. Hutchinson, "Wisconsin, County Marriages, 1836-1911"
  • Amanda O. Smith in entry for Chas Edward Mason, "Michigan Deaths and Burials, 1800-1995"
  • Amanda Ophelia Mason, "Find A Grave Index"

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