James Henry Smith

16 March 1805–August 1887 (Age 82)
Littleton, Morris, New Jersey, United States

The Life Summary of James Henry

When James Henry Smith was born on 16 March 1805, in Littleton, Morris, New Jersey, United States, his father, Joseph Gardiner Smith, was 28 and his mother, Mary Polly Casterline, was 24. He married Hannah VanWagoner on 4 April 1833, in Pompton Plains, Pequannock Township, Morris, New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Pompton, Passaic, New Jersey, United States in 1840. He died in August 1887, in Santa Ana, Orange, California, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Westminster, Orange, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Henry Smith
Hannah VanWagoner
Marriage: 4 April 1833
Halma James Van Wagonen Smith
Josiah Van Wagenen Smith
Hyrum Van Wagenen Smith
John Van Wagoner Smith
Sarah Ann Smith
Mary Emma Smith
Joseph Van Wagoner Smith
Hannah Eunice Smith
James Henry Smith
Henry Van Wagoner Smith
William Edwin Smith

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    4 April 1833Pompton Plains, Pequannock Township, Morris, New Jersey, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    Age 3
    Atlantic slave trade abolished.
    Age 15
    On January 28, 1820, the New Jersey Legislature incorporated the City of Jersey from parts of the Bergen Township. The city would be reincorporated two more times (January 23, 1829 and February 22, 1838) before receiving its official name. Jersey City became part of the new Hudson County in February of 1840.
    1830 · The Second Great Awakening
    Age 25
    Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

    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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    BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! Aside from his birth on the 16th of March, 1805, at Littletown, Morris county, New Jersey, the first incident in the life of James H. (Henry or Horace) Smith was when he was play …

    Sources (20)

    • James H Smith, "United States Census, 1840"
    • James H. Smith in entry for Henry V. Smith, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"
    • James Smith in household of Josiah Smith, "United States Census, 1880"

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