Joseph Fielding Smith

Brief Life History of Joseph Fielding

When Joseph Fielding Smith was born on 19 July 1876, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, his father, Joseph Fielding Smith, was 37 and his mother, Julina Lambson, was 27. He married Louie Emily Shurtliff on 26 April 1898, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. He immigrated to Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1960 and lived in Salt Lake, Utah, United States for about 10 years. He died on 2 July 1972, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 95, and was buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Joseph Fielding Smith
1876–1972
Ethel Georgina Reynolds
1889–1937
Marriage: 2 November 1908
Emily Smith
1909–1994
Naomi Smith
1910–1979
Lois Smith
1912–1981
Joseph Fielding Smith Jr
1913–1974
Amelia Smith
1916–2005
Lewis Warren Smith
1918–1944
George Reynolds Smith
1921–1982
Douglas Allan Smith
1924–2021
Milton Edmund Smith
1927–2021

Sources (75)

  • Joseph Fielding Smith, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960"
  • Jas F Smith, "Utah, County Marriages, 1871-1941"
  • Joseph F Smith, "Utah, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1947"

World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

1896 · Utah Becomes a State

After three prior attempts to become a state, the United States Congress accepted Utah into the Union on one condition. This condition was that the new state rewrite their constitution to say that all forms of polygamy were banned. The territory agreed, and Utah became a state on January 4, 1896.

1901 · Assassination of Mckinley

President William McKinley was shot at the Temple of Music, in the Pan-American Exposition, while shaking hands with the public. Leon Czolgosz shot him twice in the abdomen because he thought it was his duty to do so. McKinley died after eight days of watch and care. He was the third American president to be assassinated. After his death, Congress passed legislation to officially make the Secret Service and gave them responsibility for protecting the President at all times.

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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