Mary Smith

11 March 1849–24 November 1943 (Age 94)
Stewarton, Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of Mary

When Mary Smith was born on 11 March 1849, in Stewarton, Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, her father, John Smith, was 23 and her mother, Mary Ann Miller, was 23. She married Alexander Morris Ledingham on 17 May 1866, in Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in South Leith, Midlothian, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1861 and Hacheston, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom in 1861. She died on 24 November 1943, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 94, and was buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Alexander Morris Ledingham
Mary Smith
Marriage: 17 May 1866
John Smith Ledingham
Joseph Smith Ledingham
Mary Ann Smith Ledingham
Robert Smith Ledingham

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    17 May 1866Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    Age 1
    Historical Boundaries: 1850: Mexican Cession, United States 1850: Utah Territory, United States 1851: Great Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States* 1896: Salt Lake, Utah, United States *Renamed Salt Lake in 1868
    Age 14
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
    1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii
    Age 26
    In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.

    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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    Story Highlight

    Save to my tree Journal Entry from daughter, Isabella Smith

    In her own words: "On May 21, 1866, the family (John Smith family) set sail on the ship "American Congress" and the trip took 42 days. Our family joined a company crossing the plains and on the journe …

    Sources (26)

    • Mary G Ledingham in household of Alexander Ledingham, "United States Census, 1880"
    • Mary Ledingham in entry for Robt S Ledingham, "Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1849-1949"
    • Mary Smith in household of John Smith, "England and Wales Census, 1851"

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