Martha Smith

Brief Life History of Martha

When Martha Smith was born on 8 August 1849, in Portobello, Midlothian, Scotland, her father, Hugh Smith, was 22 and her mother, Jane Oliver, was 27. She married John Curdie on 18 August 1871, in Riccarton, Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. She immigrated to United States in 1882 and lived in Riccarton, Ayrshire, Scotland, United Kingdom for about 10 years and Union Township, Washington, Pennsylvania, United States for about 10 years. She died on 30 April 1930, in Monongahela, Washington, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Finleyville, Washington, Pennsylvania, United States.

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John Curdie
Martha Smith
Marriage: 18 August 1871
Robert Curdie
Jane Oliver Curdie
Euphemia Hopkin Curdie
Martha V. Curdie
Christina Curdie
Abraham Curdie
John Curdie

Sources (21)

  • Martha Blood in household of Abraham Blood, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Martha Curdie, "Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950"
  • Martha Smith Blood, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)

1854 · Great North of Scotland Railway

Being one of the two smallest railways in 1923, the Great North of Scotland Railway carried its first passengers from Kittybrewster to Huntly in 1854. In the 1880s the railways were refurbished to give express services to the suburban parts in Aberdeen. There were junctions with the Highland Railway established to help connect Aberdeenshire, Banffshire and Moray counties. The railway started to deliver goods from the North Sean and from the whisky distilleries in Speyside. With the implementation of bus services and the purchase of the British Railway the Great North of Scotland Railway was discontinued.


Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

1872 · The First National Park

Yellowstone National Park was given the title of the first national park by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also believed to be the first national park in the world.

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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