Joseph Smith

17 April 1845–8 March 1928 (Age 82)
Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States

The Life Summary of Joseph

When Joseph Smith was born on 17 April 1845, in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States, his father, William P Smith, was 35 and his mother, Rebecca Mary Grimshaw, was 31. He married Sarah Owens on 8 February 1863, in Union, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 8 daughters. He lived in Utah, United States in 1870 and Smithfield Election Precinct, Cache, Utah, United States in 1900. He died on 8 March 1928, in Smithfield, Cache, Utah, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Smithfield City Cemetery, Smithfield, Cache, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Joseph Smith
Sarah Owens
Marriage: 8 February 1863
Sarah S Smith
Catharine Ann Smith
Mary Smith
Joseph Owens Smith
Ada Theressa Smith
Sylvia Smith
Amelia Almira Smith

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    8 February 1863Union, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    Age 1
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    1846 · First Nauvoo Temple Dedicated
    Age 1
    On May 1-3, 1846, the Nauvoo Illinois Temple was fully dedicated. It was the second temple that had been built by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was the first temple with an angel Moroni on top, in the case of this temple it also doubled as a weather vane. Before the saints left Nauvoo they gathered in great numbers to go through.
    1867 · Sorry Mr. President, You can't do that.
    Age 22
    This Act was to restrict the power of the President removing certain office holders without approval of the Senate. It denies the President the power to remove any executive officer who had been appointed by the president with the advice and consent of the Senate, unless the Senate approved the removal during the next full session of Congress. The Amendment was later repealed.

    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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    Story Highlight

    History of William "P" Smith written by Thomas Smith, son of Thomas Smith and Emily Cope and grandson of William P Smith and Mary Grimshaw Smith

    (copied as typed, mistakes not changed) William "P" Smith was born 23 Jan. 1810. He was the fourth child of Thomas and Alice Smith (maiden name). Their home was in Tottington Eng. Very little is known …

    Sources (32)

    • Joseph Smith in household of William Smith, "United States Census, 1850"
    • Joseph Smith in entry for Theodore Gyllenskog and Miss Annie Smith, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1937"
    • Joseph Smith, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1956"

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