William Read Smith

11 August 1826–15 January 1894 (Age 67)
Wiltsetown, Athens, Leeds and Grenville, Ontario, Canada

The Life Summary of William Read

When William Read Smith was born on 11 August 1826, in Wiltsetown, Athens, Leeds and Grenville, Ontario, Canada, his father, Peter Smyth, was 41 and his mother, Mary Agnes Read, was 42. He married Emeline Leavitt on 3 March 1853, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. In 1880, at the age of 54, his occupation is listed as probate judge in Centerville, Davis, Utah, United States. He died on 15 January 1894, in Centerville, Davis, Utah, United States, at the age of 67, and was buried in Centerville City Cemetery, Centerville, Davis, Utah, United States.

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William Read Smith
Mary Elizabeth Ricks
Marriage: 23 April 1857
Boy Smith 1
Boy Smith 2
Mary Eleanor Smith
Willard Reed Smith
Franklin Read Smith
Josephine Smith
James Carlos Smith
Mahala S Smith
William Reed Smith
Clara Smith
Mabel Smith

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  • Marriage
    23 April 1857Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
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    World Events (8)

    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.
    1830 · The Oregon Trail
    Age 4
    Many people started their 2,170-mile West trek to settle the land found by Louis and Clark. They used large-wheeled wagons to pack most of their belongings and were guided by trails that were made by the previous trappers and traders who walked the area. Over time the trail needed annual improvements to make the trip faster and safer. Most of Interstate 80 and 84 cover most of the ground that was the original trail.
    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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    History of William Reed Smith

    Peter Smith, a native of the New England States, moved to Ontario, Canada, with his parents about the time of the Revolutionary War. Here he met and married Mary Reed, daughter of Major William Reed …

    Sources (132)

    • William R Smith in entry for Margaret Ann Brown, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • Wm R Smith, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Hyrum Smith Sr. in entry for Hyrum Smith, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1965"

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