Jerusha Smith

Brief Life History of Jerusha

When Jerusha Smith was born on 13 January 1836, in Kirtland Township, Lake, Ohio, United States, her father, Hyrum Smith, was 35 and her mother, Jerusha Barden, was 30. She married William Peirce in December 1855, in Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters. She lived in Mantua, Box Elder, Utah, United States in 1900 and Calls Fort, Box Elder, Utah, United States in 1910. She died on 26 June 1912, in Harper Precinct, Box Elder, Utah, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Honeyville, Box Elder, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Peirce
Jerusha Smith
Marriage: December 1855
Hannah Evaline Pierce
Hyrum Robert Peirce
Martha Lovina Peirce
Margaret Jerusha Peirce
Sarah McKee Peirce
William Harvey Peirce
Eli Thomas Peirce
Edith Irene Peirce
Lucy Lucinda Peirce

Sources (28)

  • Jerusha Pierce in household of William Pierce, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Jerusha Peirce, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"
  • Jerusha Smith in entry for John Gardner and Edith I Barnard, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1937"

World Events (8)


On 6 April 1840, Kirtland Township became part of the newly organized Lake County.


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


Historical Boundaries: 1861: Box Elder, Utah Territory, United States 1896: Box Elder, Utah, 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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When Jerusha was young she was around for the marterdom of her father Hyrum and his brother Joesph. She was born in Kirtland and grew up in the turbulent days of the church in Nauvoo , Ill ..She was r …

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