Frances Lillian Smiley

14 July 1862–20 November 1889 (Age 27)
California, United States

The Life of Frances Lillian

When Frances Lillian Smiley was born on 14 July 1862, in California, United States, her father, Orasmus Smiley, was 39 and her mother, Julia C. Stowell, was 33. She married Joseph Palmer on 20 December 1888, in United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. She lived in Oregon, United States in 1870 and San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States in 1880. She died on 20 November 1889, in Union, Oregon, United States, at the age of 27, and was buried in La Grande, Union, Oregon, United States.

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Joseph Palmer
Frances Lillian Smiley
Marriage: 20 December 1888
Joseph Francis Palmer

Spouse and Children

20 December 1888
United States


    Joseph Francis Palmer


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World Events (8)


Age 1

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

Age 1

Historical Boundaries - 1863: Baker, Oregon, United States; 1864: Union, Oregon, United States
1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Age 8

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.

Name Meaning

Scottish and northern Irish: of uncertain origin; probably a variant spelling of Smillie , but perhaps a habitational name, a variant of Smalley , or a nickname from Middle English smile ‘smile’, ‘grin’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Francis S Smiley in household of Julia Smiley, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Francis Smiley in household of O Smiley, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Frances L. Palmer, "Find A Grave Index"

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