Josephine Donna Smith

10 March 1841–29 February 1928 (Age 86)
Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States

The Life Summary of Josephine Donna

When Josephine Donna Smith was born on 10 March 1841, in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States, her father, Don Carlos Smith, was 24 and her mother, Agnes Moulton Coolbrith, was 32. She married Robert Bruce Carsley on 21 April 1858, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. She lived in Oakland, Alameda, California, United States in 1880 and California, United States in 1928. She died on 29 February 1928, in Berkeley, Alameda, California, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, Alameda, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Robert Bruce Carsley
Josephine Donna Smith
Marriage: 21 April 1858

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    21 April 1858Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1842 · Relief Society Organized
    Age 1
    The Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized on March 17, 1842. Emma Smith was the first Relief Society president. It was established as a way to help strengthen and serve other women.
    1848 · The California Gold Rush
    Age 7
    On January 24, 1848, gold was found at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California, which began the California gold rush. In December of that same year, U.S. President James Polk announced the news to Congress. The news of gold lured thousands of “forty-niners” seeking fortune to California during 1849. Approximately 300,000 people relocated to California from all over the world during the gold rush years. It is estimated that the mined gold was worth tens of billions in today’s U.S. dollars. 
    Age 24
    Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

    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 (57)

    • Josephine Smith in household of John N Bogley, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Josephine Smith, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"
    • Ina Coolbrith, "California Death Index, 1905-1939"

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