James Anderson Smith

31 May 1838–12 August 1877 (Age 39)
Sarnia, Kent, Ontario, Canada

The Life Summary of James Anderson

When James Anderson Smith was born on 31 May 1838, in Sarnia, Kent, Ontario, Canada, his father, John A. Smith, was 23 and his mother, Ann Campbell Anderson, was 21. He married Jane Burnett on 1 January 1862, in Tooele, Tooele, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Grantsville, Tooele, Utah, United States in 1860 and Malad, Oneida, Idaho, United States in 1870. He died on 12 August 1877, in Red Rock, Beaverhead, Montana, United States, at the age of 39, and was buried in Montana, United States.

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James Anderson Smith
Jane Burnett
Marriage: 1 January 1862
David Burnett Smith
John Smith
James Burnett Smith
John F Smith
Isabella B. Smith
Anna Burnett Smith
Alma B. Smith
William B. Smith
Jane Burnett Smith
Jeannie Smith
Charles Richard Smith

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    1 January 1862Tooele, Tooele, Utah, United States
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    World Events (5)

    Age 8
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
    1864 · Montana Territory
    Age 26
    Montana was made a territory by President Abraham Lincoln on May 26 1864. The capital was Virginia City and remained the capital until 1894, when Helena became the capital.
    Age 26
    Historical Boundaries 1864: Idaho Territory, United States 1864; Beaverhead, Idaho Territory, United States 1864: Beaverhead, Montana Territory, United States 1889: Beaverhead, Montana, United States

    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 (19)

    • James A Smith, "United States Census, 1870"
    • James Smith in entry for Charlie Smith and Valeria Or Vallerie Heathman, "Montana, County Marriages, 1865-1950"
    • James Smith in entry for David B. Smith, "Idaho Death Certificates, 1911-1937"

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