Bathsheba Kate Smith

Brief Life History of Bathsheba Kate

When Bathsheba Kate Smith was born on 14 August 1844, in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States, her father, George Albert Smith, was 27 and her mother, Bathsheba Wilson Bigler, was 22. She married Clarence Merrill on 2 January 1861, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 6 daughters. She lived in Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1910. She died on 22 December 1920, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Clarence Merrill
Bathsheba Kate Smith
Marriage: 2 January 1861
Annella Smith Merrill
Leila Smith Merrill
George Albert Merrill
Alice Smith Merrill
Maud Smith Merrill
Margaret May Merrill
Clarence Merrill Jr
Irene Smith Merrill
Alton Smith Merrill
John Henry Merrill
Joseph Smith Merrill
Thomas Smith Merrill
Lewis Bigler Merrill
Charles Smith Merrill

Sources (80)

  • Bethsheba Merril in household of Clarence Merril, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Utah, Select County Marriages, 1887-1937
  • Utah, Death and Military Death Certificates, 1904-1961

World Events (8)

1845 · Oh My Father

"In October 1845, the newspaper Times and Seasons published a poem written by Eliza R. Snow entitled ""My Father in Heaven."" It has become the well known hymn, ""Oh My Father."" The song is only one in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hymnbook that referrs to a Heavenly Mother."


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


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.

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Bathsheba W. Bigler legacy

Grandma Bathshebee was very active with women's issues. She was only 18 when she became a charter member of the Relief Society in Nauvoo. As the first of Geo. A. wives she led and housed the family, …

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