Martha Ann Smith

14 May 1841–19 October 1923 (Age 82)
Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States

The Life Summary of Martha Ann

When Martha Ann Smith was born on 14 May 1841, in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States, her father, Hyrum Smith, was 41 and her mother, Mary Fielding, was 39. She married William Jasper Harris Sr. on 21 April 1857, in Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 6 daughters. She died on 19 October 1923, in Provo, Utah, Utah, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Provo, Utah, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Jasper Harris Sr.
Martha Ann Smith
Marriage: 21 April 1857
William Jasper Harris Jr
Joseph Albert Harris Sr.
Hyrum Smith Harris
Mary Emily Harris
Franklin Hill Harris
Lucy Smith Harris
John Fielding Harris
Mercy Ann Harris
Zina Christine Harris
Martha Artemissa Harris
Sarah Lovina Harris

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    21 April 1857Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1842 · Relief Society Organized
    Age 1
    The Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized on March 17, 1842. Emma Smith was the first Relief Society president. It was established as a way to help strengthen and serve other women.
    Age 5
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    Age 22
    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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    Story Highlight

    Homespun Love--William Jasper Harris & Martha Ann Smith

    Then romance came along, with all its hopes and fears and joys. Although dressed in "homespun and handmade," it was romance just the same. William Jasper Harris "beheld the maiden that she was fair to …

    Sources (27)

    • Martha Harris in household of William Harris, "United States Census, 1870"
    • Martha Ann Smith in entry for Martha Arimissie Harris Startup, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1965"
    • Martha A Harris, "United States Census, 1920"

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