Mary Etta Smith

13 September 1848–22 March 1871 (Age 22)
Rockaway, Morris, New Jersey, United States

The Life Summary of Mary Etta

When Mary Etta Smith was born on 13 September 1848, in Rockaway, Morris, New Jersey, United States, her father, Bernajah Burnett Smith, was 27 and her mother, Delilah Hiler, was 23. She married Isaac Preston Bright on 30 September 1866, in Oxford, Oneida, Idaho, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She lived in Rockaway Township, Morris, New Jersey, United States in 1860 and Utah, United States in 1870. She died on 22 March 1871, in Richmond, Cache, Utah, United States, at the age of 22, and was buried in Richmond City Cemetery, Richmond, Cache, Utah, United States.

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Isaac Preston Bright
Mary Etta Smith
Marriage: 30 September 1866
Mary Florence Bright
Clara Ann Bright
Isaac Preston Bright Jr

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    30 September 1866Oxford, Oneida, Idaho, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (6)

    Age 8
    Historical Boundaries: 1856: Cache, Utah Territory, United States 1896: Cache, Utah, United States
    Age 11
    Historical Boundaries: 1859: Cache, Utah Territory, United States 1896: Cache, Utah, United States
    Age 13
    No Civil War battles took place within the state boundaries of New Jersey, but its citizens participated extensively in the war. Volunteers that were turned away ended up serving in the militias of nearby states like Pennsylvania and New York. Whenever President Lincoln requested more troops, New Jersey responded quickly. In total, the state contributed over 88,000 soldiers (6,000 of which died).

    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 (15)

    • Marietta Smith in household of Benajah Smith, "United States Census, 1850"
    • Mary Etta Smith in entry for Mary Florence Bright Stocks, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"
    • Mariett Smith in household of Burnet Smith, "United States Census, 1860"

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