Phebe Jane Smith

28 December 1853–24 March 1884 (Age 30)
Denville, Denville Township, Morris, New Jersey, United States

The Life Summary of Phebe Jane

When Phebe Jane Smith was born on 28 December 1853, in Denville, Denville Township, Morris, New Jersey, United States, her father, Bernajah Burnett Smith, was 32 and her mother, Delilah Hiler, was 28. She married John Bright on 18 December 1871, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 6 daughters. She lived in Rockaway Township, Morris, New Jersey, United States in 1860 and Smithfield, Cache, Utah, United States in 1870. She died on 24 March 1884, in Lewiston, Cache, Utah, United States, at the age of 30, and was buried in Richmond City Cemetery, Richmond, Cache, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Bright
Phebe Jane Smith
Marriage: 18 December 1871
John Wesley Bright
Phoebe Ett Bright
Alice May Bright
Sarah Florence Bright
Ada Bright
Emma Bright
Delilah Ann Bright

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    18 December 1871Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
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    World Events (7)

    Age 8
    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).
    Age 10
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
    1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg
    Age 10
    The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.

    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 (16)

    • Phebe Smith, "New Jersey, Births and Christenings, 1660-1980"
    • Pheobe Smith in household of George Merrill, "United States Census, 1870"
    • Phoebe Smith in entry for Florence Bright Taggart, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"

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