Emma Smith

Brief Life History of Emma

When Emma Smith was born on 1 March 1838, in Daviess, Missouri, United States, her father, Samuel Smith, was 30 and her mother, Martisha Smoot, was 25. She married Wilford Woodruff on 13 March 1853, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Salt Lake, Utah, United States for about 30 years. She died on 4 March 1912, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Wilford Woodruff
Emma Smith
Marriage: 13 March 1853
Hyrum Smith Woodruff
Emma Minella Woodruff
Asahel Hart Woodruff
Ann Thompson Woodruff
Clara Martisha Woodruff
Abraham Owen Woodruff
Winnifred Blanche Woodruff
Mary Alice Woodruff

Sources (27)

  • Emma Woodruff, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Emma, "Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1849-1949" Ann T Woodruff
  • Emma S Woodruff, "Utah, Salt Lake City Cemetery Records, 1847-1976"

World Events (8)


U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.


Historical Boundaries: 1848: Mexican Cession, United States 1850: Utah Territory, United States 1851: Great Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States 1868: Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States 1896: Salt Lake, Utah, United States


Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

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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At the dawn of the New Woman movement, some Mormon women began to be restless with traditional roles, wondering if child rearing wasn’t a poor use of their talents. Emma Woodruff, president of the Fa …

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