Jane Hart Opdycke

4 March 1815–28 October 1892 (Age 77)
New Hope, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States

The Life Summary of Jane Hart

When Jane Hart Opdycke was born on 4 March 1815, in New Hope, Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States, her father, Joseph Opdycke, was 28 and her mother, Martha Merrick, was 24. She married John Pearson Smith on 10 August 1835, in Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1860. She died on 28 October 1892, in Midvale, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 77, 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
Jane Hart Opdycke
Marriage: 10 August 1835
Albert Smith
Theodore Augustas Smith
Mary Frances Smith
George Opdyke Smith
Ella Smith
Ellwood Smith
John Pearson Smith

Spouse and Children

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


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    +2 More Children

    World Events (8)

    1819 · Panic! of 1819
    Age 4
    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 5
    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.
    1836 · Remember the Alamo
    Age 21
    Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

    Name Meaning

    Americanized form of Dutch Opdijk, itself a fused (and shortened) variant of Op Dijk or Op de Dijk: topographic name for someone who lived ‘on (the) dike’, from Middle Dutch op ‘up, on’ + dike ‘dike’ (see Van Dijk ). The surname Opdijk or Op Dijk is no longer found in the Netherlands. Compare Opdyke , Updike , and Updyke .History: Gijsbert Opdijk (also Gysbert Opdycke) was born in Wesel, Germany, in 1605 and arrived in New Amsterdam in New Netherland (now New York City, NY) before 1638. He was an officer of the Dutch West India Company and the Commander of Fort Goede Hoop (now Hartford, CT) in the 1640s. He was the ancestor of the American writer John Updike.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

    Possible Related Names

    Van Dijk

    Sources (22)

    • Jane Smith in household of John P Smith, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Jane Updyke, "New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682-1956"
    • Jane Hart Opdyke in entry for Albert Smith, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"

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