Dr. John Mitchell Smith

26 October 1809–16 June 1850 (Age 40)
Coosa, Alabama, United States

The Life Summary of John Mitchell

When Dr. John Mitchell Smith was born on 26 October 1809, in Coosa, Alabama, United States, his father, Thomas Witherspoon Smith, was 23 and his mother, Rebeckah Mitchell, was 27. He married Maria Amanda Foscue on 18 April 1839, in Coosa, Alabama, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Socapatoy, Coosa, Alabama, United States in 1840. He died on 16 June 1850, in Douglas, Nebraska, United States, at the age of 40, and was buried in Florence, Douglas, Nebraska, United States.

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Dr. John Mitchell Smith
Maria Amanda Foscue
Marriage: 18 April 1839
Cordelia Melissa Smith
Rebecca Florence Smith
Lois Angeline Smith
Frederick Wickliff Smith
Alice Foy Smith
John Freeman Smith

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  • Marriage
    18 April 1839Coosa, Alabama, United States
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    World Events (8)

    Age 3
    War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
    1819 · Constitution of 1819
    Age 10
    The Alabama Enabling Act was signed on March 2, 1819, by President James Monroe. This enabled the people to form a constitution and state government which paved the way for Alabama to enter the union.
    1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land
    Age 12
    A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.

    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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    John Mitchell Smith life story

    Son of Thomas Witherspoon Smith and Rebecca Mitchell. (this story attached to Find a Grave) Married Maria Amanda Foscue, 18 April 1839, Coosa, Alabama. Died Near Florence, Douglas, Nebraska. Children …

    Sources (22)

    • John Smith, "United States Census, 1840"
    • John Smith, "Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950"
    • John Smith in entry for Rebecca Florence Ewing, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"

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