Henry Smith

4 March 1813–15 August 1868 (Age 55)
Somerleyton, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of Henry

When Henry Smith was born on 4 March 1813, in Somerleyton, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom, his father, John Smith, was 31 and his mother, Sarah Smith, was 26. He married Susannah Jex on 5 January 1840, in Somerleyton, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Blundeston, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom in 1851. He died on 15 August 1868, in Grove Township, Shelby, Iowa, United States, at the age of 55, and was buried in Latter Day Saints Cemetery, Shelby, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Henry Smith
Susannah Jex
Marriage: 5 January 1840
John Jex Smith
Mary Smith
Emily Susannah Smith
William Henry Jex Smith
Frances Sabina Smith
Samuel Francis Neslen Smith
Ida Elizabeth Smith

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    5 January 1840Somerleyton, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    Age 2
    The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.
    1819 · Panic! of 1819
    Age 6
    With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
    Age 17
    Eclectic Period (Art and Antiques).

    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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    Henry Smith History

    Henry Smith was born March 4, 1813, at Somerleyton, Suffolk, County, England, to John Smith and Sarah Smith. Dates and places of birth of his parents are not known. On January 6, 1840 he married Sus …

    Sources (44)

    • Henry Smith, "England and Wales Census, 1851"
    • Henry Smith in entry for S F N Smith, "Iowa, Death Records, 1904-1951"
    • Henry Smith, "England and Wales Census, 1841"

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