Jesse Wells Smith

24 August 1826–6 February 1896 (Age 69)
Williamstown, Oswego, New York, United States

The Life Summary of Jesse Wells

When Jesse Wells Smith was born on 24 August 1826, in Williamstown, Oswego, New York, United States, his father, William Orville Smith, was 25 and his mother, Rhoda Hough, was 24. He married Miriam Davis on 3 April 1851, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Williamstown, Orange, Vermont, United States in 1840. He died on 6 February 1896, in Farmington, Davis, Utah, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Farmington City Cemetery, Farmington, Davis, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Jesse Wells Smith
Miriam Davis
Marriage: 3 April 1851
Jesse Wells Smith
Sophroni Smith
Annie Albia Smith
Hyrum Milton Smith
Laura Luella Smith
Franklin Joel Smith
George Alma Smith
William Shannon Smith
Cornelius Allen Smith
Clarence Eugene Smith Sr.
Elmer Smith
William Alvin Smith

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    3 April 1851Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    +4 More Children

    World Events (8)

    1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State
    Age 1
    During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.
    1830 · The Second Great Awakening
    Age 4
    Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
    Age 20
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    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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    Brief History in Find a Grave

    Son of William Orville Smith & Rhoda Hough Married Miriam Davis, 3 Apr 1851, St. Ind., Houss Davis County Clipper Jan. 24, 1896 Wells Smith an old time setler died on the 16th inst. and was buried l …

    Sources (32)

    • Wells Smith, "United States Census, 1880"
    • Wells Smith in entry for Annie Perry, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1956"
    • Wells Smith, "United States Census, 1860"

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