John Jex Smith

16 April 1840–7 May 1921 (Age 81)
Lound, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of John Jex

When John Jex Smith was born on 16 April 1840, in Lound, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom, his father, Henry Smith, was 27 and his mother, Susannah Jex, was 20. He married Ruth Ann Dewhurst in 1863, in Centerville, Davis, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. He lived in Blundeston, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom for about 10 years. In 1870, at the age of 30, his occupation is listed as farm hand.. He died on 7 May 1921, in Centerville, Davis, Utah, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Centerville City Cemetery, Centerville, Davis, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Jex Smith
Jane Theckston
Marriage: 17 October 1870
Martha Ann Smith
Sabina Smith
Rhoda Smith
Lenora Smith
John Franklin Smith
Jeanette Smith
Frances Luella Smith
Jessie Maud Theckston

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    17 October 1870Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
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    World Events (8)

    Age 6
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    Age 11
    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
    Age 23
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    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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    John Jex Smith

    John Jex Smith was born April 16, 1840, at Sound, Suffolk, England. He was the eldest of five children born to Henry Smith and Susannah Jex. Becoming a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latte …

    Sources (42)

    • John Smith in household of Henry Smith, "England and Wales Census, 1851"
    • John Jack Smith in entry for Harold L Smith and Frances Luella Smith, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1940"
    • John Jex Smith in entry for Sabina Smith Stringham, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"

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