Willard Gilbert Smith

9 May 1827–21 November 1903 (Age 76)
Amherst Township, Lorain, Ohio, United States

The Life Summary of Willard Gilbert

When Willard Gilbert Smith was born on 9 May 1827, in Amherst Township, Lorain, Ohio, United States, his father, Warren Smith, was 32 and his mother, Amanda Barnes, was 18. He married Huldah Cordelia Thurston on 15 April 1865, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 10 daughters. He lived in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States in 1839. He registered for military service in 1848. He died on 21 November 1903, in Logan, Cache, Utah, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Milton Cemetery, Milton, Morgan, Utah, United States.

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Willard Gilbert Smith
Huldah Cordelia Thurston
Marriage: 15 April 1865
Cordelia Rozetta Smith
Amanda Caroline Smith
Willard Gilbert Smith
David Franklin Smith
Deseretta Smith
Georgianna Smith
Sarah T. Smith
Eliza Ruth Smith
Alberta Moressa Smith
Zina Estella Smith
Frances Smith
Gertrude Ortencia Smith

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    15 April 1865Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1829 · Missouri State Library
    Age 2
    The first Missouri State Library was established by law on January 22, 1829. This law was created due to the large amount of public documents which had been collected in the office of Missouri's secretary of state. The library included documentation of the actions of the Missouri senate and house. The documents were cataloged and made available to the public. The public had access to any of the books in the library from sunup to sundown on any day except Sunday.
    1839 · Nauvoo is Settled
    Age 12
    After the Saints had been chased out of Missouri they moved to a swampy area located next to the Mississippi River. Here they settled and named the place Nauvoo which translates into the city beautiful.
    1848 · Fire Destroys the Temple
    Age 21
    On October 9, 1848, an arsonists fire claimed everything but the outer walls of the Nauvoo Temple since the structure was made out of limestone and wood. It was meant to discourage the Saints that had fled to never come back.

    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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    Story Highlight

    Account of Sylvester Smith at Kirtland Dedication

    Taken from the journal of Warren Barnes Smith, Son of Amanda Barnes Smith and second husband, Warren Smith of Tennessee. This is a story about Uncle Sylvester Smith, uncle to Amanda’s first husband, W …

    Sources (51)

    • Willard Gilbert Smith in entry for Cordelia R Ellingford, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • W G Smith, "United States Census, 1870"
    • Willard G Smith in entry for William Ellingford and Cordelia Rozetta Reeder, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"

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