John Anderson Smith

7 March 1840–4 July 1917 (Age 77)
Sarnia, Sarnia, Lambton, Ontario, Canada

The Life Summary of John Anderson

When John Anderson Smith was born on 7 March 1840, in Sarnia, Sarnia, Lambton, Ontario, Canada, his father, John A. Smith, was 25 and his mother, Ann Campbell Anderson, was 22. He married Mary Meiklejohn on 21 June 1862, in Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 7 daughters. He lived in Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1850 and Grantsville, Tooele, Utah, United States in 1860. He died on 4 July 1917, in Tooele, Tooele, Utah, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Tooele City Cemetery, Tooele, Tooele, Utah, United States.

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John Anderson Smith
Mary Meiklejohn
Marriage: 21 June 1862
John "M" Smith
Mary Agnes Smith
Ann Janette Smith
Emma Jane Smith
William John Smith
Sarah Ellen Smith
Luetta Smith
Luella Smith
Robert Meiklejohn Smith
Catherine Hannah Smith

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  • Marriage
    21 June 1862Salt Lake, Utah, United States
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    World Events (7)

    Age 6
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    Age 23
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
    Age 29

    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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    History of John A Smith

    JOHN A. SMITH came to Utah in 1848 with the first mail. He was born August 25, 1814-18 in Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland, the son of James Smith and Mary Crawford. In 1835 he married Annie Anderson, a da …

    Sources (27)

    • John A Smith, "United States Census, 1870"
    • John A Smith, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1940"
    • John A. Smith in entry for Robert Meiklejohn Smith, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1956"

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