Matthew Firth

23 March 1820–7 March 1891 (Age 70)
Alverthorpe, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of Matthew

When Matthew Firth was born on 23 March 1820, in Alverthorpe, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, William S Firth Sr, was 35 and his mother, Ann Stead, was 25. He married Mary Jackson on 11 April 1841, in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Hunslet, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom in 1851 and All Saints, Wakefield, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom in 1861. In 1880, at the age of 60, his occupation is listed as railroad watchman in Uintah, Weber, Utah, United States. He died on 7 March 1891, in South Weber, Davis, Utah, United States, at the age of 70, and was buried in South Weber Cemetery, South Weber, Davis, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Matthew Firth
Mary Jackson
Marriage: 11 April 1841
Mary Ann Firth
John Jackson Firth
Hannah Maria Firth
Robert Jackson Firth
George Henry Firth
John William Firth
Clara Jane Firth

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    11 April 1841Wakefield, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
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    World Events (8)

    1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land
    Age 1
    A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.
    Age 3
    Rugby Football 'invented' at Rugby School.
    Age 23
    Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published.

    Name Meaning

    English: topographic name from Middle English firthe, frithe, frethe ‘frith, wood, woodland’, also ‘hunting ground’ (whether or not wooded). These are forms of Old English firhthe, (ge)fyrhthe, ferhthe in which the awkward consonant cluster -rhth- was simplified by dropping medial -h- and sometimes metathesizing the -r-. In medieval Sowerbyshire, Yorkshire and Derbyshire, the friths were areas reserved for hunting, so the surname there may have belonged to forest officials.Scottish: habitational name from Firth in Orkney.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Sources (46)

    • Matthew Forth, "England and Wales Census, 1851"
    • Matthew Firth in entry for Robert Jackson Firth, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1956"
    • Matthew Firth, "England and Wales Census, 1861"

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