Ralph Smith

September 1881–
Michigan, United States

The Life of Ralph

When Ralph Smith was born in September 1881, in Michigan, United States, his father, Alpheus G. Smith, was 54 and his mother, Margaret A Leonard, was 30. He lived in Manistee, Manistee, Michigan, United States in 1900.

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Family Time Line

Alpheus G. Smith
1827–1911
Margaret A Leonard
1851–
Fred E. Smith
1870–
Ray Morgan Smith
1872–
Edith May Smith
1875–
Evert R Smith
1878–
Ralph Smith
1881–

Parents and Siblings

    Alpheus G. Smith

    Male1827–1911Male

    Margaret A Leonard

    Female1851–Female

siblings

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World Events (8)

1882 · The Chinese Exclusion Act

Age 1

A federal law prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers. The Act was the first law to prevent all members of a national group from immigrating to the United States.
1887 · The Bagley Memorial Fountain

Age 6

"The Bagley Memorial Fountain was erected in 1887 with funds from the estate of John Judson Bagley. Bagley's will ordered the construction of the drinking fountain which would provide the people of Detroit ""water cold and pure as the coldest mountain stream."" H.H. Richards was the architect for the Romanesque-style, pink granite, lionhead fountain. It is engraved with the words, ""TESTAMENTARY GIFT FOR THE PEOPLE FROM JOHN JUDSON BAGLEY A.D. MDCCCLXXXVII""."
1912 · The Girl Scouts

Age 31

Like the Boy Scouts of America, The Girl Scouts is a youth organization for girls in the United States. Its purpose is to prepare girls to empower themselves and by acquiring practical skills.

Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a worker in metal, from Middle English smith (Old English smið, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Metalworking was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents were perhaps 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 the most frequent of all American surnames; it has also absorbed, by assimilation and translation, cognates and equivalents from many other languages (for forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988 ).

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

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Sources (1)

  • Ralph Smith in household of Alpheus Smith, "United States Census, 1900"

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