John Pearson Smith

21 August 1812–20 June 1885 (Age 72)
Tinicum, Tinicum Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life Summary of John Pearson

When John Pearson Smith was born on 21 August 1812, in Tinicum, Tinicum Township, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Amos Smith, was 26 and his mother, Charity Kitchen, was 25. He married Jane Hart Opdycke on 10 August 1835, in Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1860 and Utah, United States in 1870. He died on 20 June 1885, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 72, and was buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

John Pearson Smith
1812–1885
Jane Hart Opdycke
1815–1892
Marriage: 10 August 1835
Albert Smith
1837–1915
Theodore Augustas Smith
1839–1902
Mary Frances Smith
1843–1852
George Opdyke Smith
1844–1900
Ella Smith
1847–1848
Ellwood Smith
1850–1853
John Pearson Smith
1855–1919

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    10 August 1835Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States
  • Children

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings

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    +4 More Children

    World Events (8)

    1819 · Panic! of 1819
    Age 7
    With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
    1820 · Making States Equal
    Age 8
    The Missouri Compromise helped provide the entrance of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state into the United States. As part of the compromise, slavery was prohibited north of the 36°30′ parallel, excluding Missouri.
    1832 · The Black Hawk War
    Age 20
    Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

    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.

    Possible Related Names

    Smithe
    Smither
    Smithey
    Smyth
    Smythe
    McGowan
    Smead
    Faber

    Story Highlight

    Three Children of Amos and Charity Smith Find the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    By 1853, three of their children had found the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had made their way to the Great Salt Lake Valley. They were John Pearson Smith, Jane Schofield Smith Row …

    Sources (33)

    • John P Smith, "United States Census, 1860"
    • John P Smith, "New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682-1956"
    • John Pearson Smith in entry for Albert Smith, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"

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