Orville J. Smith

1816–1883 (Age 67)
Richford, Franklin, Vermont, United States

The Life of Orville J.

When Orville J. Smith was born in 1816, in Richford, Franklin, Vermont, United States, his father, Phineas J Smith, was 28 and his mother, Laura Waterhouse, was 26. He married Miranda Smith about 1852, in Vermont, Howard Township, Howard, Indiana, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Berkshire, Franklin, Vermont, United States in 1850. He died in 1883, at the age of 67, and was buried in Richford, Franklin, Vermont, United States.

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Family Time Line

Orville J. Smith
Miranda Smith
Marriage: about 1852
Edna J. Smith
Melvin J. Smith
Cortis W Smith
Julia A Smith
Orrin Smith
Ella Eliza Smith

Spouse and Children

about 1852
Vermont, Howard Township, Howard, Indiana, United States


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings

    Phineas J Smith


    Laura Waterhouse




    Stephanus Smith


    Laurinda Smith



    Cyrus J. Smith


    Celinda Smith


+5 More Children

World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 3

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 
1820 · Making States Equal

Age 4

The Missouri Compromise helped provide the entrance of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state into the United States. As part of the compromise, slavery was prohibited north of the 36°30′ parallel, excluding Missouri.
1834 · Vermont Anti-Slavery Society is Formed

Age 18

The Anti-Slavery Society of Vermont was established in 1834. 100 people from different towns were at the first meeting, with the intent to abolish slavery. 

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 (3)

  • Orville Smith, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Orvil J Smith, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Orvil J Smith, "United States Census, 1850"

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