Elsa Ellis Smith

4 June 1804–9 April 1891 (Age 86)
Warren, New York, United States

The Life Summary of Elsa Ellis

When Elsa Ellis Smith was born on 4 June 1804, in Warren, New York, United States, her father, Asa Smith II, was 30 and her mother, Hannah Kellam, was 28. She married William John Hawley on 3 February 1821, in Bayham, Middlesex, Canada West, British Colonial America. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Battle Creek, Utah, Utah, United States in 1860 and Utah, United States in 1870. She died on 9 April 1891, in Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

William John Hawley
Elsa Ellis Smith
Marriage: 3 February 1821
William Henry Hawley
Lydia Hawley
Elizabeth Hawley
George Washington Hawley
Anna Hawley
Cyrus Benjamin Edwin Hawley
Sarah J. Hawley
Asa Smith Hawley
Hannah Hawley
James Ephraim Hawley

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    3 February 1821Bayham, Middlesex, Canada West, British Colonial America
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    Age 4
    Atlantic slave trade abolished.
    Age 8
    War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
    1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State
    Age 23
    During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.

    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 (30)

    • Ellice Hawley in household of Wm J Hawley, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Ellis Smith in entry for Asa Smith Hawley, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"
    • Ellie Hawley in household of William Hawley, "United States Census, 1870"

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