Emma Jane Smith

Brief Life History of Emma Jane

When Emma Jane Smith was born on 17 July 1837, in Chautauqua, New York, United States, her father, Willis Smith, was 26 and her mother, Polly Downs, was 20. She married Robert Quorton Maxfield on 18 January 1855, in Murray, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. She died on 10 October 1863, in Murray, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 26, and was buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Robert Quorton Maxfield
1829–1880
Emma Jane Smith
1837–1863
Marriage: 18 January 1855
Jesse Smith Maxfield
1856–1908
Robert Quorton Maxfield
1860–1915
Willis Maxfield
1861–1925
Emma Jane Maxfield
1863–1864

Sources (28)

  • Emma Maxfield in household of Robert Maxfield, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Utah, Death and Military Death Certificates, 1904-1961
  • Emma Jane Maxfield, "Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1849-1949"

World Events (4)

1846

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

1848

Find A Grave website photo indicates establishment of the cemetery in 1848. Located at the NE corner of 4th Avenue and N Street. Salt Lake City Cemetery is in The Avenues neighborhood of Salt Lake City, Utah. Approximately 120,000 persons are buried in the cemetery. Many religious leaders and politicians, particularly many leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) lie in the cemetery. It encompasses over 250 acres and contains 9 1?2 miles of roads. It is the largest city-operated cemetery in the United States. The first burial occurred on September 27, 1847, when George Wallace buried his child, Mary Wallace. The burial was two months after the Mormon pioneers had settled the Salt Lake Valley. In 1849, George Wallace, Daniel Wells, and Joseph Heywood surveyed 20 acres at the same site for the area's burial grounds. In 1851, Salt Lake City was incorporated and the 20 acres officially became the Salt Lake City Cemetery with George Wallace as its first sexton.

1863

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

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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