William Henry Jex Smith

5 December 1843–10 February 1920 (Age 76)
Blundeston, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of William Henry Jex

When William Henry Jex Smith was born on 5 December 1843, in Blundeston, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom, his father, Henry Smith, was 30 and his mother, Susannah Jex, was 23. He married Mary Magdalene Garn on 4 January 1872, in Centerville, Davis, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Tooele, Tooele, Utah, United States in 1880 and West Bountiful Election Precinct, Davis, Utah, United States in 1900. He registered for military service in 1866. He died on 10 February 1920, in Woods Cross, Davis, Utah, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Centerville City Cemetery, Centerville, Davis, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Henry Jex Smith
1843–1920
Mary Magdalene Garn
1855–1944
Marriage: 4 January 1872
Mary Emma Smith
1874–1924
Ella Smith
1876–1964
Lutie Austin Smith
1878–1913
Linnie Mildred Smith
1881–1959
William Henry Jex Smith
1882–1918
Edwin Eugene Smith
1885–1920
Elizabeth Jeanette Smith
1888–1971
Leland Russell Smith
1892–1987
Susannah Jex Smith
1895–1904
Sherman Sheldon Smith
1902–1972

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    4 January 1872Centerville, Davis, Utah, United States
  • Children

    (10)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings

    (7)

    +2 More Children

    World Events (8)

    1846
    Age 3
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    1851
    Age 8
    EARLIEST RECORDED MARKER: Nancy Rebecca Porter BIRTH 16 Mar 1851 DEATH 7 May 1851 (aged 1 month) BURIAL Centerville City Cemetery Centerville, Davis County, Utah, USA Show Map PLOT UK87 MEMORIAL ID 64545 · View Source
    1865
    Age 22
    Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

    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.

    Possible Related Names

    Smithe
    Smither
    Smithey
    Smyth
    Smythe
    McGowan
    Smead
    Faber

    Story Highlight

    His Life History is in the Capener Binder Volume 2. 1937 - 1540. His Family joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1852. He came from England to America in 1855. He was a …

    Sources (71)

    • William Smith in household of Henry Smith, "England and Wales Census, 1851"
    • Henry Smith in entry for Sherman S Smith and Ella Blanche Brough, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1940"
    • Jake Smith in entry for Mary Emma Smith Bolster, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"

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