Emily Jane Smith

Female19 January 1822–15 December 1886

Brief Life History of Emily Jane

When Emily Jane Smith was born on 19 January 1822, in Lee, Lee, Oneida, New York, United States, her father, William Orville Smith, was 21 and her mother, Rhoda Hough, was 19. She married Allen Burk on 9 September 1841, in Montrose, Lee, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 8 daughters. She lived in Davis, Utah, United States in 1850 and Farmington, Davis, Utah, United States in 1860. Her occupation is listed as knitter on machine in Farmington, Davis, Utah, United States. She died on 15 December 1886, in Springerville, Apache, Arizona, United States, at the age of 64, and was buried in Springerville, Apache, Arizona, United States.

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Family Time Line

Allen Burk
Emily Jane Smith
Marriage: 9 September 1841
Marshall Homer Burk
Hubert Roselle Burk
Allen Spencer "Pen" Burk
Esther Cecelia Burk
Milton Alfauren Burk
Amanda C Burk
Ella Emily Burk
Ada Arvilla Burk
Eva Rhoda Burk
Edgar Abraham Burk
Minnie Mariah Burk
Martha Ann Burk
Gladys Alcesta Burk

Sources (26)

  • Emily Berg in household of Allen Berg, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Emily Smith in entry for Ella Emily Brown, "Arizona Deaths, 1870-1951"
  • Emiley J Burk in household of Allen Burk, "United States Census, 1880"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    9 September 1841Montrose, Lee, Iowa, United States
  • Children (13)

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    Siblings (9)

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    World Events (8)

    1825 · The Crimes Act

    Age 3

    The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.

    1834 · Vermont Anti-Slavery Society is Formed

    Age 12

    The Anti-Slavery Society of Vermont was established in 1834. 100 people from different towns were at the first meeting, with the intent to abolish slavery. 


    Age 24

    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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    Biographical Sketch of Allen and Emily Jane Smith Burk

    By Ada Arvilla Burk Earl Allen Burk was born April 14, 1809 in Deerfield, Oneida County, New York and came to Nauvoo in 1841, and was among those baptized into the L.D.S. church in 1842, and also was …

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