George Browning Smith

3 November 1843–24 September 1912 (Age 68)
Stewarton, Ayrshire, Scotland

The Life Summary of George Browning

When George Browning Smith was born on 3 November 1843, in Stewarton, Ayrshire, Scotland, his father, Adam Wylie Smith, was 45 and his mother, Martha Browning, was 42. He married Harriet Schofield about 1868, in Tooele, Tooele, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Utah, United States in 1870 and Albion, Cassia, Idaho, United States in 1880. He died on 24 September 1912, in Boise, Ada, Idaho, United States, at the age of 68, and was buried in Boise, Ada, Idaho, United States.

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Family Time Line

George Browning Smith
Harriet Schofield
Marriage: about 1868
George Schofield Smith
Francis Schofield Smith
Edward Schofield Smith
James Arthur Schofield Smith
Effie Linda Smith

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    about 1868Tooele, Tooele, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    Age 3
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    1847 · The United Presbyterian Church of Scotland is established.
    Age 4
    The United Presbyterian Church of Scotland was formed in 1847. For most of its existence the United Presbyterian Church was the third largest Presbyterian Church in Scotland and flourished in Scotland for 53 years. After being reunited with the Church of Scotland in 1929, it continues to bring relief to the local communities.
    Age 20
    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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    Sources (16)

    • George Arthur Scofield in entry for James Arthur Scofield, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • George Smith in household of Adam Smith, "United States Census, 1860"
    • George B. Smith, "Idaho Death Certificates, 1911-1937"

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