Henry Ebenezer Smith

Male1 January 1854–29 December 1872

Brief Life History of Henry Ebenezer

When Henry Ebenezer Smith was born on 1 January 1854, in Morrow, Ohio, United States, his father, James Hayes Smith, was 30 and his mother, Eunice Foust, was 26. He lived in Wright Township, Hillsdale, Michigan, United States in 1860. He died on 29 December 1872, in Mahaska, Iowa, United States, at the age of 18, and was buried in Peoria, Mahaska, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Hayes Smith
1823–1887
Eunice Foust
1827–1900
Annis May Smith
1847–1903
Addison Franklin Smith
1848–1920
Albert Sanford Smith
1852–1889
Henry Ebenezer Smith
1854–1872
Miles LeRoy Smith
1855–1898
Maxa Amelia Smith
1859–1927
Edith Delight Smith
1875–1945

Sources (2)

  • Henry E Smitt in household of James H Smitt, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Henry Smith in household of James H Smith, "United States Census, 1870"

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World Events (8)

1854 · Creation of the Republican Party

Age 0

A debate continues over the location of the creation of the Republican Party. Some sources claim the party was formed in Ripon, Wisconsin, on February 28, 1854. Others claim the first meeting of the Republican Party took place in Jackson, Michigan, on July 6, 1854, where the Republican Party was officially organized. Over 1,000 people were present and candidates were selected for the party, thus making it the first Republican convention.

1857 · The State Capital moves to Des Moines

Age 3

The Capitol was located in Iowa City until the 1st General Assembly of Iowa recognized that the Capitol should be moved farther west than Iowa City. Land was found two miles from the Des Moines River to start construction of the new building. Today the Capitol building still stands on its original plot.

1860 · Ohio supports the Union side of the Civil War

Age 6

Although divided as a state on the subject of slavery, Ohio participated in the Civil War on the Union's side, providing over 300,000 troops. Ohio provided the 3rd largest number of troops by any Union state.

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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