Robert Shields Smith

Brief Life History of Robert Shields

When Robert Shields Smith was born on 12 October 1879, in Lake View, Tooele, Utah, United States, his father, Adam Gibson Smith, was 27 and his mother, Eliza Primrose Shields, was 22. He married Edna Louisa Whittle on 12 July 1905, in Logan, Cache, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Marion, Cassia, Idaho, United States for about 20 years and Marion Election Precinct, Cassia, Idaho, United States in 1940. He died on 6 March 1955, in Oakley, Cassia, Idaho, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Marion Cemetery, Cassia, Idaho, United States.

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Robert Shields Smith
Edna Louisa Whittle
Marriage: 12 July 1905
Zalona Pearl Smith
Eldoras Hyrum Smith
Dorcas Janette Smith
Percy G Smith
Delbert Whittle Smith
Thurlow R. Smith

Sources (62)

  • Robert Smith, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Idaho, Select Births and Christenings, 1856-1965
  • Robert Smith, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1937"

World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.


Historical Boundaries 1881: Cassia, Idaho Territory, United States 1890: Cassia, Idaho, United States

1900 · Gold for Cash!

This Act set a price at which gold could be traded for paper money.

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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I found this in my grandmother's, Dorcas Janette Smith (Zalona's sister), papers. Based on the closing paragraph, I believe it was written by Marcella Marie Parr ZALONA PEARL SMITH MAHONEY Zalona Pea …

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