Martha Jane Smith

1 March 1885–16 January 1969 (Age 83)
St. Clair, Alabama, United States

The Life Summary of Martha Jane

When Martha Jane Smith was born on 1 March 1885, in St. Clair, Alabama, United States, her father, Fred Smith, was 31 and her mother, Susie Gaddy, was 26. She married Daniel Duncan Wilkins on 24 December 1906, in Jefferson, Alabama, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Election Precinct 14 Gilpin, Fayette, Alabama, United States in 1920 and Election Precinct 21, Jefferson, Alabama, United States in 1940. She died on 16 January 1969, in Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama, United States.

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Family Time Line

Daniel Duncan Wilkins
Martha Jane Smith
Marriage: 24 December 1906
Edith Cathleen Wilkins
Kathleen A Wilkins
Duncan Carlisle Wilkins
Sarah Sue Wilkins
Martha P Wilkins
John Terrell Wilkins Jr
Florine I Wilkins
Fred Morris Wilkins

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    24 December 1906Jefferson, Alabama, United States
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    World Events (8)

    Age 1
    Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
    1895 · Alabama State Flag is Adopted
    Age 10
    Alabama adopted its state flag on February 16, 1895. Act 383 of the Alabama state legislature states, “The flag of the State of Alabama shall be a crimson cross of St. Andrew on a field of white.”
    1907 · Not for profit elections
    Age 22
    The first act prohibiting monetary contributions to political campaigns by major corporations.

    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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    Sources (19)

    • Martha Jane Smith in entry for Fred Morris Wilkins, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
    • Janie Smith in household of Fred Smith, "United States Census, 1900"
    • Martha J. Smith, "Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950"

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